Photos* by Paul Crumlish
Former Notable Players: Bartolo Colon, Brian Giles, Manny Ramirez, Steve Olin, Richie Sexson, Jim Thome.
|Team||Seating Capacity||Dimensions||Year Opened|
|Burlington Sock Puppets||3,500||LF 335|
Burlington Athletic Stadium, a baseball field located in the North Carolina city of Burlington, has more than interesting history.
The ballpark was originally built 43 miles north of its present location, in Dunville, Virginia.
From 1945 to 1958 it was a home for the local Carolina League team, Dunville Leafs. When the Leafs disbanded in 1958, the city of Burlington bought the whole stadium for $5,000.
The ballpark was hauled piece-by-piece to Burlington and reconstructed before the 1960 season.
Upon relocation, the stadium hosted various local minor league teams, including the Indians, the Senators, the Rangers, and the Royals.
Today, Burlington Athletic Stadium is home to Burlington Sock Puppets competing in the Appalachian League.
Similar to most of the ballparks in the league, Burlington Athletic Stadium provides a pure and vintage baseball experience. It has the feel of the classic great ballparks.
The stadium still features the original roof and the steel structure from the Danville days.
However, the wooden seats in the pressbox and the grandstand behind the home plate were replaced by aluminum seating.
Burlington Athletic Stadium is known as a venue for the game that had the longest continuous broadcast in baseball history.
The game in question was a 27-inning marathon between Bluefield Orioles and Burlington Indians. The contest took place in 1988 and lasted 8 hours and 15 minutes.
*Photos Taken On:
July 31, 2004 (Elizabethton Twins vs. Burlington Indians)
May 10, 2010