Alex Box Stadium

Alex Box Stadium
Former names LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field (1938–1943)
Location Skip Bertman Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
 United States
Coordinates 30°24′44″N 91°11′16″W / 30.4121°N 91.1877°W / 30.4121; -91.1877Coordinates: 30°24′44″N 91°11′16″W / 30.4121°N 91.1877°W / 30.4121; -91.1877
Owner Louisiana State University
Operator LSU Athletics Department
Capacity 7,760
Field size Foul Lines: 330 ft.
Power Alleys: 365 ft.
Center Field: 405 ft.
Outfield Fence Height: 10 ft.
Center Field Fence Height: 15 ft.
Surface natural grass
Construction
Opened March 12, 1938
Closed 2008
Demolished 2010
Tenants
Louisiana State University baseball (NCAA) (1938–2008)
New York Giants (NL) (spring training) (1938–1939)

Alex Box Stadium, sometimes pronounced as "Elec" or "Alec" Box[1] was a baseball stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. It was the home field of the LSU Tigers baseball team. The stadium was located across the street from Tiger Stadium, which is visible in right field. It was most notable for The Intimidator, a large billboard behind the right-field fence featuring the five years in which LSU won the College World Series.

The stadium opened in 1938 and closed in 2008. It was replaced with a new stadium 200 yards to the south named Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. Both structures were named for Simeon Alex Box, an LSU letterman (1942) who was killed in North Africa during World War II. The stadium was called LSU Diamond or LSU Varsity Baseball Field when it first opened.

The New York Giants held spring training at the ballpark in 1938 and 1939. The Giants played the first baseball game at the park, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. The first LSU game was March 21, 1938. LSU led Minnesota, 4-2, after three innings when the game was halted due to rain. The first official LSU Game at the stadium was March 24, 1938 when Minnesota defeated LSU, 6-5.[2]

The final regular season series at Alex Box Stadium was played between LSU and Mississippi State University.[3]

At the time, it appeared this would be the last series ever at Alex Box Stadium; however, LSU was selected to host a regional in the NCAA Tournament (which it won), and subsequently hosted a Super Regional as the #7 national seed.[4]

It appeared that Alex Box stadium would close on a sour note for the Tigers, as LSU dropped Game 1 to UC Irvine 11-5, and in Game 2, LSU was three outs away from elimination, trailing 7-4 in the ninth inning. However, UC Irvine was unable to close out the LSU Tigers and LSU came from behind to win the game 9-7.[5]

The stadium was thus given one final chance to close on a high note, which it did in Game 3 of the Super Regional played on June 9, 2008, as LSU defeated UC Irvine 21-7. As a result of the victory, LSU won the Baton Rouge Super Regional two games to one and advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. In the final play at the stadium, Tyler Hoechlin hit a grounder to pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, who threw to first baseman Buzzy Haydel for the final out.[6]

The stadium has been dismantled and sold to fans.

Tournaments Hosted

NCAA Regional Tournaments (18): 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008
NCAA Super Regional Series (4): 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008
SEC Tournaments (4): 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993

ABCA Hall of Fame Tournament (1): 1991

LSU record in Alex Box Stadium (1984–2008)

Year Games W-L-T Win Percentage
19843123-8.742
19853431-3.912
19864338-5.884
19873530-5.857
19883327-6.818
19893631-5.861
19903732-5.865
19914333-10.767
19923830-8.789
19934334-8-1.802
19943528-7.800
19953628-8.777
19963932-7.821
19974036-4.900
19983532-3.914
19993827-11.711
20003928-11.718
20013727-10.730
20023628-8.778
20033930-8-1.782
20043627-9.750
20053623-13.639
20063826-12.684
20073520-14-1.586
20083627-8-1.764
Totals 928 728-196-4 .787

References

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