Johnson Park turns 75 today; June celebration planned

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first baseball game played at Johnson Park. Before the park was built in 1939, baseball games in New Ulm were played at the Brown County Fairgrounds. According to baseball historian Herb Schaper, a parade of players, city officials and fans marched to the park on Sunday, May 7, 1939, where Mayor Albert D. Flor threw out the first pitch. The New Ulm Brewers hosted Gibbon in the inaugural game, which did not end well for the home team. Gibbon trailed 4-3 heading into the 9th inning, then scored five runs for an 8-4 win. The park was officially dedicated on June 18. A 75th anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday, June 21, when the Brewers and the Kaiserhoff will play an exhibition game, and championship teams from the past will be honored.

On Tuesday, MVL played Sleepy Eye at the park, (pictured above) which has probably hosted thousands of games since 1939.

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