REALLY…THERE WAS BASEBALL BEFORE THE RIVERCATS!

October 23, 2008

Before Target….before Gemco…there was Edmonds Field! And yet, even before it was named Edmonds Field after a Sacramento Union sports editor Dick Edmonds, it was known by many other names.

It was built in 1910 by Edward Kripp, majority owner of the Sacramento Senators and named after the Buffalo Brewing Company – Buffalo Park.

In 1920, Lew Moreing bought the club. He built a new field in 1922 and named the field Moreing Field. This field boasted a concrete and wooden grandstand and could seat 10,000 baseball fans in addition to those in the bleachers.

In 1935, Branch Rickey of the St. Louis Cardinals bought the franchise. It was renamed again, now known as Cardial Field and the team was renamed the Sacramento Solons. A 1938 storm damaged several portions of the structure. It was rebuilt for the 1939 season.

 

In 1944, a newspaper contest resulted in another renaming of the field. This time it was named after Abner Doubleday, being called Doubleday Field. This lasted only a year and in 1945 the field received its final name – Edmonds Field.

On July 11th, 1948 a fire almost totally destroyed the park. The Solons played the balance of the season on the road. Not to go quietly, the part was reconstructed one more time, almost entirely of concrete and opened for the 1949 baseball season.

The demise of Edmonds field occured when the Solons were sold to Hawaii in 1961. It was demolished in 1964.

The Solons were part of the Pacific Coast League. The team lost in the 1st round of playoffs in 1937 and were the Pacific Coast League Champs in 1938 and 1939 (although another report says they only won in 1942). In 1941 they lost in the league finals and again lost in the first round of the playoffs in 1943, 1945 & 1949.

Other team names in the years prior to being in Sacramento were the Tacoma Tigers, the Fresno Raisen Eaters (and I am not kidding!), San Francisco Missions and the Salt Lake Bees.

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