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Tucson’s sporting sites and historic artifacts: Elysian Grove was Tucson’s first baseball field


(Andy Morales / AllSportsTucson)

NOTE: The fourth in a series of searches for sporting venues, trophies and artifacts lost or forgotten in the Old Pueblo.


Elysian Grove was the first baseball field in Tucson to have grandstands. Located just west of the current Carrillo K-5 Magnet School, Emanuel Drachman built the land and the corresponding pavilion in 1907.

Tucson High trained and played there, as did the University of Arizona at the start of James Fred “Pop” McKale. The site was demolished in 1930 putting an end to a very important part of Tucson’s past.

In 1909, the Chicago White Sox world champions beat a team of all-stars from Tucson to Elysian Grove on their way back to Chicago after spring training.


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