Grand Island was a charter member in the first Nebraska State League in
1910. The ballpark for that team was Delwood park. Delwood park started
as Hann's Park
in the late 1800's. It was bounded Charles on the south and Koenig on the
North between South Locust and South Oak. In the 1890's the common moniker
for the park was Pukwana (peace pipe) Park. By 1910 the park was named
Delwood park and the grandstands were on the east end of the park.
The 1928 version of the Nebraska State League had Grand Island playing on a diamond in Ryder Park. This ballpark lasted until shortly after World War II. The 1956 version of the NSL saw the Grand Island team playing at Municipal Field. I suspect that this is the field you see in the pictures on this site but I am not certain.
The current Grand Island ball park is in Ryder Park. There is a large hill in the park, called tornado hill by the locals. The hill is from the cleanup of a devastating tornado the town experienced.
Photos courtesy of:
Eliza Portrait Design
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