Old Liverpool Ball Field

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Picture taken from behind home plate at the old Liverpool Ball Field.  Courtesy of Tim’s Queens County Blog.

As one might guess from my posts regarding the Wanderer’s Grounds and Little Brooklyn, I have a fascination with old ball fields and what they’re used for today.  This post will be on the old Liverpool Ball Park.

Baseball was first played on this site no later than the 1920’s, possibly earlier than that, it’s unknown as to when this park was first built.  The field was home to the Liverpool Larrupers ball club.  The Larrupers were a leading senior baseball team during the 1930’s.  The team won the Maritime championship in 1939 and 1940.  The team would play in the semi-pro Halifax & District League from 1947 to 1956.  During this time many future Major Leaguers would apply their trade on this very field.  From what I can find online the Larrupers were formed in the 1890’s and lasted until the final season in the H&D League.

Next time your in Liverpool just imagine people used to watch baseball where Tim Hortons stands.  Sobeys stands where first base and right field were placed.  Judging from the Google Earth picture below, cars park where second & third once were.  Left and centre field is also parking.  Reminds me of how former Major League ballparks (like Shea Stadium) are now parking lots.

In the early 1980’s Sobeys would buy the land and build their new (and current) store on this site.  The area where this picture was taken (bleachers behind the plate) is now a Tim Horton’s.  The field itself is now Sobeys and its parking lot.  Liverpool’s current baseball field is on White Point Road.

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This Google Earth image shows where the ball field used to be in relation to today’s lay of the land.

Stay turned for more posts regarding former ballparks across Atlantic Canada.

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