Ty Cobb Ball Park, designed to complement Everett Stadium, is scheduled to be finished in time for the double-header against the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets on April 16.
The primary benefactors for the ball park are Bruce and Gladys Spencer; Byron and Pam Wurdeman, the parents of Chapman Wurdeman '13; and John '52 and Peggy Schug, whose generosity toward academic scholarships and the Beyond the Hill program have already enriched the lives of many students. Mrs. Schug's family has a strong connection with baseball; her grandfather was the legendary Ty Cobb.
"This is an exciting time for Hampden-Sydney baseball," says head coach Jeff Kinne. "With our new ball park we will have one of the top venues in all of Division III. This is something our players, friends, and fans will be able to enjoy for years to come. On behalf of the Tiger baseball community, I'd like to thank all involved for making this possible."
The new facility will have seating for nearly 300 spectators, a concourse with a lounge and press box above, and men's and women's restrooms that will be available during both baseball and football games.
The new facility should be completed before the end of the season. "I am excited that our seniors will be able to play here," adds Coach Kinne. "They are the ones who approached President Howard about building this ball park. They deserve a lot of the credit for making this happen."