Over the weekend I got to spend a day at Luther Williams Baseball Field in Macon, Georgia. Many of you are probably wondering why this is something that would excite me and cause me to share thoughts and pictures about it. Luther Williams Field just happens to be the second oldest ball field in the country, opening in 1929. Although slight renovations have been done throughout the years, the original grandstands still remains.
A minor league team by the name of the Macon Peaches played their home games at Luther Williams Field from 1929 under the early 1980’s. Several other teams have also called this Field home, most recently the Macon Braves, a Single-A team for the Atlanta Braves up until 2001.
Many Major League players have played at Luther Williams Field including Pete Rose, Chipper Jones, Tony Perez, Vince Coleman and others. To me, it is very cool to visualize these guys playing on the same field that I was throwing and running around on. So much history has taken place at parks like this. Only if the bricks could talk…
In 1976, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings movie filmed at Luther Williams Field. This movie is famous for starring Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones (otherwise known as Lando Calrissian and the voice of Darth Vader). Two other baseball movies, Trouble With the Curve and 42 are rumored to being filming there soon.
Being a lover of Baseball of any kind, and especially seeing stadiums and parks all over the country, I enjoyed this one. It is a nice change to step away from the current ball fields and see what the old ones use to be like. Enjoy the pictures I took.