Washington Park Baseball

Washington Park Baseball (HM20EC)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46222 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 45.958', W 86° 10.921'

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Side A
Here, May 2, 1920, in the first game of the new Negro National League, the Indianapolis A.B.C.s defeated the Chicago Giants. Indianapolis native Oscar Charleston began his career with the A.B.C.s in 1915. Segregation in professional baseball (1887-1947) kept him from playing in the major leagues; he was indicted in the the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

Side B

Baseball became popular in Indianapolis after the Civil War. In 1902, W.H. Watkins organized the Indianapolis Indians in the new professional American Association league. The Indians dedicated Washington Park on April 19, 1905 and won 3 league pennants here. The city's first night game was played here in 1930, and the park closed at the end of 1931 season.
HM NumberHM20EC
Year Placed2011
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau and Society for American Baseball Research, Negro Leagues Research Committee
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Date Added Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 570061 N 4402102
Decimal Degrees39.76596667, -86.18201667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 45.958', W 86° 10.921'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 45' 57.48" N, 86° 10' 55.26" W
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Area Code(s)317, 312
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200 W Washington St, Indianapolis IN 46222, US
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