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McCoy Stadium is a Minor League baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. It is currently home to the Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League. A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The Athens Olympic Stadium A modern stadium (plural stadiums, Latin plural stadia) is a place, or venue, for (mostly) outdoor sports, concerts or other events, consisting of a field or stage partly or completely surrounded by a structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event. ... Location of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. ... In baseball, the Pawtucket Red Sox (known colloquially as the PawSox) are the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and belong to the International League. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ...

The project to build the stadium began in 1938 and was championed by then Pawtucket Mayor Thomas P. McCoy. It was to be built on a swampy piece of land known as Hammond's Pond and, to this day, the stadium sits at the end of Pond Street. On the afternoon of November 3, 1940, Mayor McCoy laid the foundation cornerstone.

The stadium was completed in 1942 and in 1946 was officially dedicated and named in honor of Mayor McCoy. McCoy Stadium first began hosting affiliated Minor League Baseball in 1946. The Pawtucket Slaters, a Class B affiliate of the Boston Braves, was the first team to call McCoy Stadium home. The Pawtucket Slaters would play for 4 seasons in the New England League, as Braves affiliates. Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) East Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1995 â€¢ 1957 â€¢ 1914 NL Pennants (17) 1999 â€¢ 1996 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1992 1991 â€¢ 1958 â€¢ 1957 â€¢ 1948 1914 â€¢ 1898 â€¢ 1897 â€¢ 1893 1892 â€¢ 1891 â€¢ 1883 â€¢ 1878 1877 East Division titles (11) 2005...

Professional baseball disappeared from Pawtucket for 18 years. It finally returned in 1966 as a member of the Eastern League. McCoy Stadium still hadn't found its true team yet and hosted the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Pawtucket Indians. After 2 years, the Indians moved to Waterbury, Connecticut. McCoy was again without a team. There are at least two different possible meanings for Eastern League: Eastern League - A professional baseball minor league in the United States Eastern League - One of two professional baseball minor leagues in Japan This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1948 â€¢ 1920 AL Pennants (5) 1997 â€¢ 1995 â€¢ 1954 â€¢ 1948 1920 Central Division titles (6) [1] 2001 â€¢ 1999 â€¢ 1998 â€¢ 1997 1996 â€¢ 1995 Wild card berths (0) None [1] - In... Waterbury is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...

In 1969 the Boston Red Sox came to scout McCoy Stadium. By April of 1970, Boston had pulled their minor league affiliate out of their home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. They moved into McCoy Stadium where they remain today and became known as the Pawtucket Red Sox. The franchise would spend 3 years playing for the Double-A Eastern League before being promoted to the Triple-A International League. Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1903 AL Pennants (11) 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1975 â€¢ 1967 1946 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1915 1912 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1903 East Division titles (5) 1995 â€¢ 1990 â€¢ 1988 â€¢ 1986 1975 Wild card berths... Caption Pittsfield is a city located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ...

In 1976, debt-ridden owner Phil Anez threatened to move the team to New Jersey, but sold the franchise to Marvin Adelson, who lost the ballclub after threatening to move to Massachusetts. Just before the 1977 season, Canadian expatriate businessman Ben Mondor arrived to resurrect the fallen franchise, and the PawSox have thrived since then. Mondor still owns the team, and is a well-beloved member of the community, as he has turned the ballpark and franchise into one of the most fan-friendly in all of professional baseball. Official language(s) None defined, English de facto Capital Trenton Largest city Newark Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 47th 22,608 km² 110 km 240 km 14. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 44th 10,555 mi²; 27,360 km² 183 mi; 295 km 113 mi; 182 km 13. ... Ben Mondor is the current owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the AAA affilitate of the Boston Red Sox. ...

The PawSox have brought two championship titles to McCoy Stadium and Pawtucket, winning the Governors' Cup, the championship of the International League, in 1973 and 1984. The Governors Cup is the trophy awarded each year to the champion of the International League, one of the two AAA (Triple-A) Level minor leagues of Major League Baseball. ...


Stadium Features

One of the unique features of this ballpark, is the foul territory. The ballpark is a complete semi-circle, and definitely does not hug the baselines. In fact, this may be the largest foul territory of any ballpark in minor league baseball.

The two dugouts are actually embedded into the wall underneath the grandstands (as are the luxury boxes, just beyond them). The wall is eight feet from the field to the first row of seats. This has led to a unique fan-friendly traditions of McCoy Stadium. Those seeking the signatures of the next great Red Sox players, have found a way to contact their PawSox, despite the fact that the dugout configurations and height would normally keep would-be autograph seekers at bay.

Fans wishing to have a scorebook or baseball card signed go autographing "fishing." Complete with hook and reel (or milk jug and rope), autograph seekers pin their baseball card or item to a rope or sting. They then drop down their items to the dugout below. The ballplayers can sign it, tug on the line, and the fan pulls up their newly autographed memorabilia.

The berms provide great views of the action, and afford families on a budget, an inexpensive way to enjoy the ballpark. Above the berms are walkways, affording patrons 360 degree views of the ballpark. They are made especially for the handicapped to utilize and enjoy the game from.


When talk began about McCoy Stadium not quite being up to Triple-A code, there was much trepidation. Too often, this has provided the soapbox needed for team owners to preach the needs for a new stadium. McCoy was looking a little tired in the late 1990's. Many fans of ballparks, were worried that this could mean the beginning of the end for McCoy Stadium.

Unlike most major league franchises, the team owners actually vowed to renovate the classic facility and not tear it down in favor of something new. In fact, renovations would be done to maintain the historical integrity of the ballpark and maybe bring it to a new level. The renovations began in 1999 and included a new terraced berm in left field, a grassy knoll where fans can sit next to the PawSox bullpen and watch the game up close.

The seating capacity was increased from 5,800 seats to 10,031. In addition to the original quarter-circle seating bowl, McCoy now features an extended left-field line seating area (after the section where the roof ends) and souvenir stand as well as outfield seating and new parking areas. Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ...

With the renovations to the stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox have raised attendance exponentially. Fans have taken to the "new" McCoy extremely well. The PawSox have raised their daily average from 700 per game to over 7000. The new section was made to perfectly match the rest of the grandstand. It's almost impossible to tell where the old section ends and the new section begins. The luxury boxes embedded in the wall at field-level were added when the additional grandstand was installed.

Famous Games

On April 18 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox began a game at McCoy Stadium that seemed to go on forever. It would go down in history as the longest game in professional baseball history. For 21 innings, the PawSox battled the Rochester Red Wings in a 1-1 tie. The Red Wings would finally score in the top of the 21st inning to take the lead. The PawSox then scored a run in the bottom of the inning. The game was far from over. The longest professional baseball game ever played was a minor league match between Rochester and Pawtucket. ... The Rochester Red Wings are a minor league baseball team based in Rochester, New York. ...

The game went on until 4:07 AM when the commissioner called. Because of curfew rules, he demanded that the game be suspended. The score was tied, 2-2 in the 32nd inning. When the game finally did resume on June 23rd, it took only 18 minutes to complete. Dave Koza of the PawSox drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 33rd inning. Two future Hall of Famers were part of the historic game. Cal Ripken, Jr. went 2-13 on the night playing third base for Rochester. Wade Boggs played third base for Pawtucket and went 4-12 with a double and an RBI. Cal Ripken, Jr. ... Wade Boggs Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ...

On July 14, 2004, McCoy Stadium hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The IL won the game 4-3. An all-star game is an exhibition game played by the best players in their respective sports league. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...

Stadium Facts

  • Erected - 1942
  • Named in Honor of Thomas P. McCoy, Mayor of Pawtucket from 1936-1945
  • Dedicated - June 6, 1946
  • Re-Dedicated - July 5, 1992
  • Renovated May 1998 - April 1999
  • Total Seating Capacity 10,031
  • Ticket Prices: Box Seats ($9); General Admission ($6)
  • Distances to Fences:
 Leftfield - 325 ft. Left Centerfield - 375 ft. Centerfield - 400 ft. Right Centerfield - 375 ft. Rightfield - 325 ft. Fences - 8 ft. high (except at bullpens - 5 ft. high which is the lowest in the league) 
  • Easily the oldest stadium in the 14-team International League, with the closest being Ned Skeldon Stadium, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, which was built in 1965.

The Toledo Mud Hens are a minor league baseball team located in Toledo, Ohio. ...

Attendance Stats

When current owner Ben Mondor bought control of the team in 1977, the PawSox drew only 70,354 fans (1,082 per game) to McCoy, which seated 5,800 people at the time. Until the newly renovated McCoy opened in 1999, it was the league's smallest park. Currently, McCoy's capacity exceeds the stadiums of only two other IL teams, and by only 31 seats at that: Durham Athletic Park and Charlotte's Knights Stadium seat 10,000. Durham Athletic Park ca. ... Knights Stadium is the home of the International Leagues Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. ...

Pawtucket averaged 8,733 fans per game in 2000, playing to 87% of the stadium's capacity. No other team in the IL was above 70%. The per game average was a PawSox record, although the season total of 585,107 fans in 67 games trailed the 1999 season's total of 596,624 fans in 71 games. The difference: 4 games were rained out in 2000 and not made up.

Going into 2001, of the Top 25 all-time crowds at McCoy, 24 of the 25 have come in the past 2 years. The one exception, at #23, is from 1982 when 9,389 showed up for the pitching match-up of Mark Fidrych vs. Dave Righetti. That mark was finally broken 17 years later when 10,586 turned out for opening night at McCoy on April 14, 1999. Mark Steven The Bird Fidrych (born August 14, 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts) was a Major League Baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. ... David Allan Righetti (born November 28, 1958 in San Jose, California), nicknamed Rags, is an American former left-handed pitcher, and current pitching coach, in Major League Baseball. ...

Seating Chart

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External links

  Results from FactBites:
Ballparkwatch - McCoy Stadium / Pawtucket Red Sox (1446 words)
McCoy Stadium was extensively renovated between May 1998 and April 1999 -- so extensively that the PawSox refer to it as the New McCoy Stadium.
This renovation is both good and bad: while McCoy isn't exactly the same as it was 10 years ago, the many upgrades were made to bring the stadium up to modern Class AAA standards -- and it did make the stadium a more comfortable place to see a game.
All in all, the concessions are a definite highlight at McCoy Stadium: the food was delivered fresh, and the abundance of concession stands means you never need to wait too long in line for food.
McCoy Stadium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1418 words)
McCoy Stadium is a Minor League baseball stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
McCoy Stadium still hadn't found its true team yet and hosted the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Pawtucket Indians.
Easily the oldest stadium in the 14-team International League, with the closest being Ned Skeldon Stadium, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, which was built in 1965.
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