Ewing Park Baseball Complex marks its 100th anniversary on Friday 18. June. On this day in 1921, the first baseball game was played at the newly built Ewing Park Baseball Field.
That Saturday afternoon, the Ellwood City Shelby county league team defeated Hubbard, Ohio, 20-9. The New Castle News reported, “Ewing Park”, which was used for the very first time, proved to be an ideal place to play baseball. “Ewing Park became the baseball hub for Ellwood City and remains the baseball center of Ellwood City 100 years later.
There have even been some Major League Baseball Hall of Fame players who have appeared at the Ewing Park Baseball Complex. Some of the players include, Honus Wagner (1921), Cum Posey (1921), Oscar Charleston (1921), Pie Traynor (1930), Paul Waner (1930), Lloyd Waner (1930) and Tom Lasorda (1962). Future Hall of Fame candidates who performed at the complex include Dick Allen (1954), Terry Francona (1971), Danny Murtaugh (1972), Chuck Tanner (1945) and Jim Leyland (2004). Several major league and minor league players have also appeared on the complex over the past 100 years.
The two Ellwood City Pony League teams in the Lawrence-Butler-Mercer County League meet on the 100th anniversary of the first game played at the complex. The Hungarian home meets WesBanco on Friday at 18.00 at Sanders Field.