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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ponce de Leon Ball Park

1908 – 1966

 
 
Close-up of the Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, September 29, 2011
1. Close-up of the Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker
Inscription. Here on these grounds at Ponce de Leon Ball Park, The Atlanta Crackers and the Atlanta Black Crackers began a tradition of baseball championship and athletic excellence which set the high standard for the baseball we enjoy in Atlanta now.

The Atlanta Crackers, known as “The Yankees of the Minors,” were led by Luke Appling, Eddie Mathews, Bob Montag, Ralph “Country” Brown, and many others. For many years, they were owned and operated by “Mr. Atlanta Baseball,” Earl Mann, who rose from peanut vendor to owner. Mann led Atlanta in becoming a major league city, and was instrumental in bringing the Braves to Atlanta.

The Atlanta Black Crackers fielded many of black baseballís superstars, including Norman “Geromino” Lumpkin, James “Red” Moore, James “Gabby” Kemp, and Vinicus (Nish) Williams. The Rev. John and Billie Harden owned the Atlanta Black Crackers for many years, and the team played on these grounds when the white Crackers were away.
 
Erected 2004 by The Native Atlantans Club, Inc., with the cooperation of Whole Foods Market.
 
Location. 33° 46.498′ N, 84° 21.917′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker
Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, September 29, 2011
2. Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker
The plaque sits atop a concrete pillar in the shape of home plate.
can be reached from Ponce de Leon Avenue NE (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located behind the Whole Foods Market, in the main plaza. It is accessible from the delivery road at the back of the stores. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta GA 30308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanley's Sector (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sightless Among Miracles (approx. ĺ mile away); Sector of Siege Line (approx. 0.8 miles away); Augustus Hurt Plantation (approx. 0.8 miles away); Augustus Hurt House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battles for Atlanta (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Williams Mill Rd. (approx. 0.9 miles away); The March to the Sea (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Also see . . .
1. New Georgia Encyclopedia: Ponce de Leon Ballpark. Ponce de Leon Ballpark in Atlanta was one of the nation's finest minor league baseball facilities in the early to mid-twentieth century. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. Minor League Memories | Atlanta INtown Paper. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
Wide view of the Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, September 29, 2011
3. Wide view of the Ponce de Leon Ball Park Marker
The marker sits under the famed Magnolia Tree, the last vestige of the ball park. The tree stood in the outfield and survives today.
Site of Ponce de Leon Ball Park image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, October 2, 2011
4. Site of Ponce de Leon Ball Park
Looking from the approximately location of the grandstands across the infield toward center and right fields. Today it is the site of Midtown Plaza.
 
 
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