College Field

College Field (HM20OR)

Location: East Lansing, MI 48824 Ingham County
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N 42° 43.924', W 84° 29.392'

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In 1900 about 625 students attended the State Agricultural College, known commonly as M.A.C. The school was the precursor to Michigan State University. Making a new commitment to serious intercollegiate athletic competition, the college purchased land here, along the Red Cedar River, for an athletic field. Intramural sports had been part of M.A.C. life since its founding in 1855; however, contests with other institutions did not begin until 1884. On April 18, 1902, the M.A.C. Aggies baseball team met the University of Michigan Wolverines in the first game held at this site. The new venue had baseball and football fields, circular and straight tracks, and, later, lights and a grandstand. In 1923 football moved south to a new stadium, but baseball remained at College Field.

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College Field opened in 1902 as the primary sports venue for "the Aggies" of the State Agricultural College. Some sports relocated, but baseball remained here and was later joined by softball and soccer. In 1925 the school became the Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, prompting a change in the team name from Aggies to Spartans. Two men stand out in the history of College Field and Aggie/Spartan sports. Lyman Frimodig (1891-1972) played baseball and football here,
earning a record-setting ten letters in three sports. He spent over forty years with the athletic department, serving for a time as assistant director. John Kobs (1898-1968) coached Spartan baseball for nearly forty years and captured the Big Ten title in 1954. In 1969 the baseball field was named in his honor.
HM NumberHM20OR
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 13th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 705488 N 4734117
Decimal Degrees42.73206667, -84.48986667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.924', W 84° 29.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 55.44" N, 84° 29' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 223 Kalamazoo St, East Lansing MI 48824, US
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