Tinker Field Information
Tinker Field was built as an outdoor baseball stadium in Orlando, Florida. The field was named at Baseball Hall of Fame legend Joe Tinker and is located in the West Lakes neighborhoods of Orlando’s Downtown and can be found adjacent to the Camping World Stadium.
When the stadium was constructed in 1914, it became the spring training facility for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Senators, and Minnesota Twins. It was also the home park of the Orlando Rays minor league team before they moved to Cracker Jack Stadium in 2000.
t was also the home park of the Orlando Rays minor league baseball team before they moved to Cracker Jack Stadium in 2000. It was located directly adjacent to the western side of the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium and boasted a capacity of 5,100 before the grandstands were removed in 2015.
Though Tinker Field saw use as early as 1914, it didn’t have a full stadium built upon it until 1923. The original stadium was completely built from wood and had seats for 1,500 guests. Several major league teams, including the Cincinnati Reds would use the stadium as a training facility, even after the stadium was rebuilt and expanded during the 1960s.
One of the most important historical non-baseball events to take place at Tinker Field was a visit from Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. On March 6, 1964, MLK Jr spoke before thousands from the pitcher’s mound in what became his only public speech in Orlando. Tinker Field was later added to the United States National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
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