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Alex Box Stadium (1938)

For the new stadium, see Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field.
Alex Box Stadium
Former names LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field (1938-1943)
Location Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
 United States
Coordinates

30°24′44″N 91°11′16″W / 30.4121°N 91.1877°W / 30.4121; -91.1877Coordinates: 30°24′44″N 91°11′16″W / 30.4121°N 91.1877°W / 30.4121; -91.1877

Opened March 12, 1938
Closed 2008
Demolished 2010
Owner Louisiana State University
Operator LSU Athletics Department
Surface natural grass
Capacity 7,760
Field dimensions Foul Lines: 330 ft.
Power Alleys: 365 ft.
Center Field: 405 ft.
Outfield Fence Height: 10 ft.
Center Field Fence Height: 15 ft.
Tenants
Louisiana State University baseball (NCAA) (1938-2008)
New York Giants (NL) (spring training) (1938-1939)

Alex Box Stadium, sometimes pronounced as "Elec" or "Alec" Box [1] was a baseball stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was the home field of the Louisiana State University Tigers college baseball team. The stadium was located across the street from Tiger Stadium, which is visible in right field. It was most notable for The Intimidator, a large billboard behind the right-field fence featuring the five years in which LSU won the College World Series.

The stadium opened in 1938 and closed in 2008. It was replaced with a new stadium 200 yards to the south with the stadium section of the new ballpark also named Alex Box Stadium. Both structures were named for Simeon Alex Box, an LSU letterman (1942) who was killed in North Africa during World War II. The stadium was called LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field when it first opened.

The New York Giants held spring training at the ballpark in 1938 and 1939. The Giants played the first baseball game at the park, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to 5. The first LSU game was March 21, 1938. LSU led Minnesota, 4-2, after three innings when the game was halted due to rain. The first official LSU Game at the stadium was March 24, 1938 when Minnesota defeated LSU, 6 to 5.[2]

The final regular season series at Alex Box Stadium was played between LSU and Mississippi State University.[3]

At the time, it appeared this would be the last series ever at Alex Box Stadium; however, LSU was selected to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament (which it won), and subsequently hosted a Super Regional as the #7 national seed.[4]

It appeared that Alex Box stadium would close on a sour note for the Tigers, as LSU dropped Game 1 to UC Irvine 11-5, and in Game 2, LSU was three outs away from elimination, trailing 7-4 in the ninth inning. However, UC Irvine was unable to close out the LSU Tigers and LSU came from behind to win the game 9-7.[5]

The stadium was thus given one final chance to close on a high note, which it did in Game 3 of the Super Regional played on June 9, 2008, as LSU defeated UC Irvine 21-7. As a result of the victory, LSU won the Baton Rouge Super Regional two games to one and advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In the final play at the stadium, Tyler Hoechlin hit a grounder to pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, who threw to first baseman Buzzy Haydel for the final out.[6]

The stadium has been dismantled and sold to fans.

Tournaments Hosted

NCAA Regional Tournaments (18): 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
NCAA Super Regional Series (4): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
SEC Tournaments (4): 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993

ABCA Hall of Fame Tournament (1): 1991

LSU Record in Alex Box Stadium (1984-2008)

Year Games W-L-T Win Percentage
1984 31 23-8 .742
1985 34 31-3 .912
1986 43 38-5 .884
1987 35 30-5 .857
1988 33 27-6 .818
1989 36 31-5 .861
1990 37 32-5 .865
1991 43 33-10 .767
1992 38 30-8 .789
1993 43 34-8-1 .802
1994 35 28-7 .800
1995 36 28-8 .777
1996 39 32-7 .821
1997 40 36-4 .900
1998 35 32-3 .914
1999 38 27-11 .711
2000 39 28-11 .718
2001 37 27-10 .730
2002 36 28-8 .778
2003 39 30-8-1 .782
2004 36 27-9 .750
2005 36 23-13 .639
2006 38 26-12 .684
2007 35 20-14-1 .586
2008 36 27-8-1 .764
Totals 928 728-196-4 .787

See also

References

External links

  • Alex Box Stadium at LSUSports.net
  • Photos and Review on Ballparkreviews.com
  • Digital Ballparks: Alex Box Stadium
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