The state-of-the-art NAIA level baseball and softball field renovation will include fully irrigated fields, seating for 200 at the baseball field and 100 at the softball field, enclosed press boxes, enclosed NAIA level dugouts, and new scoreboards.
The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Cardinals Care and Harris-Stowe State University, have invested in the $1.2 million Stars Park field renovation and construction project. Stars Park at Harris-Stowe State University served as the home of the St. Louis Stars of the Negro National League from 1922-31. This project will provide state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities to the student athletes at the university on an important historic landmark. The investment also improves Harris-Stowe State University’s ability to attract and retain the most talented student-athletes, and to preserve a part of baseball history.
The state-of-the-art NAIA level baseball and softball field renovation is the result of a seven-figure investment by Cardinals Care and six-figure investment by Harris-Stowe that will include fully irrigated fields, seating for 200 at the baseball field and 100 at the softball field, enclosed press boxes, enclosed NAIA level dugouts, and new scoreboards.
2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues. Negro League championships were played at Stars Park in 1924, 1928, 1930 and 1931, with the home team winning three out of the four. Three National Baseball Hall of Famers including, James “Cool Papa” Bell, Willie “El Diablo” Wells, and George “Mule” Suttles, called Stars Park their home field. The field is located on the southwest corner of the Harris-Stowe campus on the corner of Market Street and Compton Ave.
Clayco is leading the construction of the field. The project is expected to take three months. The renovated park will be formally dedicated mid-October.