Harry C. Pohlman Field
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|Location||Beloit, Wisconsin United States |
|First game||April 18, 1982|
Danville Suns 7, Beloit Snappers 2
|Telfer Park (1981–1987)|
|3,501 (Team website); has reported more than 4,200 for baseball (Media coverage)|
Pohlman Field was the home of Beloit, WI affiliated baseball from 1982 through 2019. After that and MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization, the Beloit Snappers moved into a new downtown stadium, albeit midway through the season. "Snappers", for snapping turtles, was inspired by a turtle-shaped mound tribal people built on what is now the campus of Beloit College.
From the beginning, the city ran its club as a community recreation project – "we're not out to make money for ourselves," its first general manager said – but the Milwaukee Brewers (2004) and Minnesota Twins (2012) both cited the stadium's condition as a reason for dropping Beloit as an affiliate. Finally, in March 2019, Minor League Baseball told the city to fix the issue by 2020 or lose the team. Just after a self-stated deadline passed, Pensacola Blue Wahoos owner Quint Studer – who started his career in nearby Janesville, WI – put together a 13th-hour deal that made him team owner in a new, privately financed ballpark - ABC Supply Stadium - that hosted its first Snappers game August 3rd, 2021.
Opened as Telfer Park in 1982, Pohlman Field was renamed in 1987 in honor of a longtime local baseball coach. The Snappers auctioned off stadium, but not field, naming rights in the partial 2021 campaign: as in "Pohlman Field at (blank) Stadium."
The ballpark appears in the film Sugar (2008).
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