Bosse Field, built in 1915, is the third oldest baseball stadium in regular use in the United States. It is the current home of the Frontier League Evansville Otters, a minor league baseball team. The stadium is located in Garvin Park just north of downtown Evansville, Indiana.
The Otters franchise came to Evansville in 1995. In 1999, they attracted a franchise record number of fans, over 3000 fans per game. Averaging the four years the Otters have been in Evansville, they have attracted roughly 2500 fans per game.
Bosse Field hosts many local high school baseball games. Recently $200,000 was raised by Friends of Bosse Field to renovate Bosse Field.
Ten baseball teams other than the Otters have played at Bosse Field. Some of the most famous are the Evansville Triplets (1970-84), Evansville Braves (1946-57), Evas/Pocketeers/Hubs (1919-1931) and the Evansville River Rats (1914-15), the River Rats had played in Evansville previously from (1903-1910) and (1901-1902). The Triplets won the American Association titles in 1972, 1975, and 1979. The River Rats won the Central League title in 1908 and 1915. The Braves won the Three-I League title in 1946, 1948, 1956, and 1957.
Baseball Hall of Fame members Hank Greenberg, Chuck Klein, Edd Roush, Warren Spahn, and Sam Thompson played at Bosse Field during their careers. There have been many other Major League Baseball players from Evansville.
|Evansville River Rats||Baseball||Central League||1914- 1915||Bosse Field||B||Central League Title 1915|
|Evansville Evas||Baseball||Central League||1916- 1917||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Black Sox||Baseball||Three-I League||1919||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Evas||Baseball||Three-I League||1920- 1923||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Crimson Giants||Football||National Football League||1921- 1922||Bosse Field||N.A.||N.A.||None|
|Evansville Little Evas||Baseball||Three-I League||1924||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Pocketeers||Baseball||Three-I League||1925||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Hubs||Baseball||Three-I League||1926- 1931||Bosse Field||B||None|
|Evansville Bees||Baseball||Three-I League||1938-1942||Bosse Field||B||Boston Bees, 1938-1940 Boston Braves, 1940-1942||None|
|Evansville Braves||Baseball||Three-I League||1946- 1957||Bosse Field||B||Boston Braves, 1946-1953 Milwaukee Braves, 1953-1957||Three-I League Title 1946, 1948, 1956, 1957|
|Evansville White Sox||Baseball||Southern League||1966- 1968||Bosse Field||AA||Chicago White Sox||None|
|Evansville Triplets||Baseball||American Association||1970- 1984||Bosse Field||AAA||Minnesota Twins, 1970 Milwaukee Brewers, 1971-1973 Detroit Tigers, 1974-1984||American Association Title 1972, 1975, 1979|
In 1991 the stadium was used by Columbia pictures for game scenes in the movie A League of Their Own.
Bosse Field has also been used as a football stadium. It was the temporary football stadium of the local North High School (Evansville), and from 1921 to 1922 it was home to the Evansville Crimson Giants of the NFL.