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Robin Roberts Stadium at Lanphier Park

Lanphier Park (I've seen little evidence that anyone actually calls this field Robin Roberts Stadium) hosted the Springfield franchise of the Midwest League from 1982 through 1995. The facility dates from 1928 (I think; the sources are contradictory) and has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1978. It's not clear when the Robin Roberts name was added. After the MWL left, Lanphier was home to the Frontier League's Springfield Capitals through 2001. The stadium remains in use; it is on the campus of Lanphier High School in Springfield and appears to be heavily scheduled for high school and college ball.


Source of Name: Lanphier is the name of the original land owners. Robin Roberts graduated from Lanphier High.



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  Left Center Right Seating
  320  415    320   5,000  (1986)

Park Effects

The Stats Minor League Handbooks indicate that Lanphier was a power hitters' paradise when it hosted the MWL.


Attendance Record

  Year Attendance
  1995     39,467
  1994     54,218
  1993    110,189
  1992    152,942
  1991    175,017
  1990    161,271
  1989    164,012
  1988    155,416
  1987    154,148
  1986    151,815
  1985    149,089
  1984    141,321
  1983    144,844
  1982    108,182


Jim Fitzpatrick Memorial Stadium

Fitzpatrick Stadium hosted the MOV's Springfield franchise in 1950. I have no information about this facility. Any help would be appreciated; Drop me a line.


I'm looking for a suitable photograph of Fitzpatrick Stadium--preferably one which is not already available on another website. Drop me a line if you can help.


Source of Name: It seems likely that Jim Fitzpatrick was related to team president J.R. Fitzpatrick.


Ballpark Characteristics

  Left Center Right Seating
                    4,500  (1950)

Attendance Record

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