Ballfields of PA: Dravosburg Ballfield
It’s been quite awhile since I blogged about any baseball fields in my area, but as I am blogging daily leading up to Opening Day, I figured I would continue this series sporadically. I visited the ballfield in Dravosburg PA back in mid November, and am just getting around to blogging about it now.
The field features a scenic view of the Mansfield Bridge, which connects Dravosburg to McKeesport & Glassport.
Upon entering the field, I noticed a HUGE problem. Do you see it?
Yeah, huge power lines running right over short stop.
Every hit I had passed through those lines, with a ball hitting a power line once.
Here’s a view of the backstop from the pitcher’s mound:
And here’s big problem #2:
Yes, that’s a waste treatment plant just a few dozen feet from fair territory. How many foul balls do you think land in there? A lot I’m guessing. In fact, I played here once in 2009 with a friend and lost two balls that I fouled off into the sewage vats.
Anyhow, here’s the view looking in from deep left field:
And looked toward center field:
The dimensions of the field were about 300x330x300 from left to right, so it’s not like it should’ve been that challenging to hit a home run.
I took some big hacks
But all of my hits came up just short. (can you see the ball in the picture below?)
I’m blaming it on the chilly weather, and a brisk wind blowing in from right field. Also, the fact that I got a haircut the previous day after 9 months could have mentally sapped my power. Who knows.
In short, the only good thing about this field is the dimensions. I would not recommend ever playing here.
Location/Surrounding Area: D (due to power lines and sewage plant)
Other fields I’ve blogged about
Riverfront Park, Boston
Wylie Park, Elizabeth
Peterswood Park, Peters Township
Washington Park, Washington PA
Thomas Jefferson High School Field, Jefferson Hills PA
Clairton Resident Park, Clairton PA
West Field (Homestead Grays), Munhall PA
68 days until Opening Day…