New Mexico New Deal Sites November 2018 - Photo #234 - Albuquerque Tingley Field Stadium

Photo: 17 November 2018

Tingley Field

There has been an athletic field of one kind or another occupying the block bounded by 8th Street SW, 10th Street SW, Atlantic Avenue SW, and Stover Avenue SW since the early 20th Century. In 1937 the stadium was upgraded by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for professional minor leaque baseball as home to the Albuquerque Cardinals. During World War II the stadium was used for Amy ball games, and then was a minor-league stadium again until 1969, when it was demolished and replaced by sports park shown in these photos.
  1. Tingley Field, Wikipedia, accessed 27 November 2018.
  2. Sports, Albuquerque Tricentennial website, accessed 27 November 2018: "During the Depression, Gov. Clyde Tingley secured federal WPA funding to build bleachers and a 4,000-seat concrete grandstand at the ballpark at 10th and Atlantic in the Barelas Neighborhood. When it opened in 1937, Branch Rickey, general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, had high praise for Tingley and the Works Progress Administration. The Albuquerque Cardinals then lost an exhibition game to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1938 the park was named Tingley Field. Tingley Field had a capacity of 3,000 seats, but often 5,000 fans overflowed the stadium. When the batter hit a home run, he strolled along the bleachers, and fans handed him money. The Albuquerque Cardinals were a farm club to the St. Louis Cardinals from 1937 to 1941. During World War II Tingley Field closed from 1942 until 1946. Baseball fans were entertained by semi-pro clubs and Kirtland's Flying Kellys, which included major and minor league players."