The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook
 

Susanna Pantas, Artist

McCormick Field
Home of the Asheville Tourists

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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McCormick Field, Asheville North Carolina

    Opened in 1924, McCormick Field is one of the oldest operating minor-league baseball parks in North America. A 1992 remodeling replaced the field’s rickety wooden grandstand with one of steel and brick and expanded the concession area. Despite the facelift, the field retained its signature short right field, a scant 300 feet down the line from home plate. As a result of remodeling, though, the wall is now an imposing 35 feet high. The entire outfield wall is surrounded by tall, verdant trees, and during the summer the smell of honeysuckle is heavy throughout the park. Scenes from the movie “Bull Durham” were filmed at the park.
     McCormick Field is home to the Asheville Tourists, a Class A farm team of the Colorado Rockies. Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson and the immortal Babe Ruth all played at McCormick Field. The field has a well-stocked souvenir shop and you can also purchase a bottle of the team’s private label wine, Championship White. Several food items at the concession stand are noteworthy, especially the grilled chicken sandwich and the tangy chili dogs. Check local listings for the Asheville Tourists home game schedule. Local sporting goods stores usually have schedules available during the baseball season.

Website: Asheville Tourists
Location:
Asheville NC
Address: 30 Buchanan Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: 828-258-0428
Hours: Most games are played at night, starting at 7:05 p.m. Sunday games begin at 5:05 p.m.
Fees: Box seats start at around $10
Allow: Three hours for game
Of Note: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Jackie Robinson played here.
Directions: Take I-240 to Exit 5B Charlotte Street. Go south on Charlotte Street to McCormick Place.

 

 

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