Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: There was a baseball field downtown

This used to be part of Riverside Field before the freeway came in 1950. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

The City of Tucson used to have plenty of baseball fields in the old semi-pro days (as talked about in Field of Dream). One of those was Riverside Field which was located at Congress and the Santa Cruz River. It was opened on June 2, 1940 but was shut down a decade later due to the construction of I-10 or the, “Truck Freeway” as it was called. The only piece of the “park” left has these huge structures on it.

Another field was Eagle Field, which opened in 1931. It was located where the Barrio Brewery is now. TUSD owned the land and the field was used for athletics but the district sold the land to a Luis Cohen in 1970 for $300,000. TUSD had that land since 1882.

Other fields included ‘Azteca Field” and “Sundt Field.” Remnants of the “Amphi Field” can still be seen at Amphi Middle School. So, when you are taking a drink at Barrio now you know.


Eagle Field is now Barrio Brewery. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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