Army Black Knights take on the New York Yankees on Saturday, March 30th 2013 in an Exhibition Baseball Game at Doubleday Field, West Point, NY. (U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/USMA DPTMS)
While the origin of baseball has been disputed, Doubleday, nonetheless, is still given credit and the baseball field at the U.S. Military Academy was dedicated in his honor in May 1939, the centennial year of baseball.Long recognized as one of the finest baseball facilities on the East Coast, Doubleday Field enters its second century of existence in grand style. “The Home of Army Baseball” since games were first contested on its present site in 1909, Doubleday Field underwent a major renovation in 1996. Work was completed six years ago, with the new Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field formally dedicated at ceremonies on Sept. 13, 1996.Highlights of the renovation project included the construction of full locker rooms for both home and visiting teams, fully equipped training rooms, clubhouse facilities, and the addition of 880 fixed chair-back seats. Great pains were taken in its design to draw an appropriate parallel between the new facility and the historic significance of its physical location on campus. Formal granite facing emulating many of USMA’s older academic buildings was tastefully incorporated to address those means. Internally, spacious locker room and clubhouse facilities provide coaching staff and team members with a sparkling new home. Landscaping and sitework around the facility were intentionally subdued with the historic parade ground known as “The Plain” remaining dominant. In order to ensure that, overall height of the structure was minimized. While the renovated version of Doubleday Field provides a facility worthy of the Army program’s rich heritage, it also remains a structure conscious of its import relative to the overall mission of the U.S. Military Academy.