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Overview

Taylor Field is owned by the City of Pine Bluff and was built in 1940 by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). This administration helped the unemployed find construction
work during the New Deal era.

In the 1940s and ’50s, the field was home to the semiprofessional Pine Bluff Judges and Cardinals of the Cotton States League.

Taylor Field hosted the Babe Ruth League 13-15 World Series in 1972, 1975, 1994, 1998 and 2000. And in 2003 it hosted the 13-year-old World Series.

The 1972 tournament was attended by Jerome “Dizzy” Dean, a 1953 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, and Claire Ruth, Babe Ruth’s widow.

In 1995, then President Bill Clinton threw out the first pitch of the National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament (NAABT) which was televised on ESPN. For the game Clinton attended, there was 2-inch steel surrounding his box seat, and Secret Service agents with guns were on the stadium roof to protect the president.

The NAABT also brought other big names in baseball to Taylor Field such as 10-time MLB All-Star and 1974 National League MVP Steve Garvey and 1983 Baseball Hall of Famer and 16 time Gold Glove Award Winner, Brooks Robinson.

In 1996, the Pine Bluff Locomotives of the Big South League played here.

Other local ballplayers that grew up playing at Taylor Field and have had successful careers in MLB:
• Heavy hitter and nine time Gold Glove Award winner Torii Hunter
• Former pitcher for the Texas Rangers, Mike Jeffcoat

Today, Taylor is the home field of the Pine Bluff High School Zebras baseball team. Taylor Field was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January, 2010.



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