Major League Baseball is well under way, and the Buffalo Bisons have begun another season of play at Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. And for diehard fans of local baseball, that surely brings back memories of old ballparks such as War Memorial Stadium (The Rockpile) and Offermann Stadium.
While The Rockpile and Offermann Stadium no longer exist, there’s a baseball stadium in nearby London, Ontario, that dates back to 1877! Labatt Memorial Park — known as Tecumseh Park when it was first built — is believed to be the “world's oldest baseball park in continuous use in its original location.” Nestled at the forks of the Thames River, London’s landmark field has been a center for sports, recreational and cultural activities for more than 130 years.
One of Canada’s favorite ballparks, Labatt Memorial Park has played host to some of the game’s greatest players, including Satchel Paige and Ferguson Jenkins. The field is maintained in pristine condition by the City of London, as a tribute to players past and present, according to media reports.
Labatt Memorial Park is located at 25 Wilson Ave. in London. To watch a brief video of the park, please click here: http://www.londontourism.ca/Discover-Our-Spirit/Family-Fun/Labatt-Park. For helpful information on planning a quick getaway to London, please visit www.londontourism.ca.