It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks, the crack of the bat, the smell of hot dogs and the beauty of freshly striped lines on a ballfield will be just a distant memory. But with the arrival of August, so brings with it an end to baseball season here in Indiana. While we may not have a Major League team (who needs those inflated ticket prices anyway!), there’s still plenty of unique venues and quality baseball to be found around the state.
My sister lived in Evansville for a few years, and one of my favorite memories from visits down there was an Evansville Otters game. The team plays at historic Bosse Field, perhaps best known as the location for the movie League of Their Own and one of the nation’s most historic ballparks (only Fenway and Wrigley are older). The team has 12 home games remaining between now and September 1.
The Fort Wayne Tin Caps end their season at Parkview Field September 2 (with 17 home games scheduled between now and then). Lawn tickets start at just $5, but a variety of ticket options are available. The Tin Caps are the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
The Gary Southshore Railcats play at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. Their season ends this month, but 17 home games are still to be played. Friday night games feature fireworks and if you attend on a Saturday, you’ll go home with a souvenir. All tickets are $10 or less!
School might be back in session, but summer is never really over in Indianapolis until the Indians play their last home game at Victory Field (this year, September 2). It’s always been one of the best bang-for-your-buck entertainment options in the city, with lawn tickets just $9 for adults. As the Triple A team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, these guys are just a home run or two away from the big leagues.
The South Bend Silver Hawks‘ last home game is August 30, but the team plays 16 additional home games between now and then, so get to a game at “The Cove” while you can. The Silver Hawks are the Single A team that feeds into the Arizona Diamondbacks. You can catch these future pros for $6 (bleacher seats) or $8 (box seats).
Photo courtesy of Willard Library.