Hot Springs: The Birthplace of Spring Baseball
In 1886, Cap Anson brought his Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) to Hot Springs. This bustling turn-of-the-century spa resort with its famous hot baths, mountains, trails, hotels, and activities was the perfect place for something no one had ever heard of: spring training for professional baseball. Soon, teams had built five fields and as many as 250 players, including the legends of the game, trained here year after year.
Now you can follow The Hot Springs Baseball Trail and stand where legends stood and records were set. Read and hear stories of the players and places that shaped baseball.
Pick up a guide map at the Hot Springs Visitor Center in Hill Wheatley Plaza on Central Avenue, at the Alligator Farm, or at Oaklawn Racetrack. Each Baseball Trail marker has a digital 'code' that can link to your smartphone to historic
These Hall of Fame Inductees trained here or had significant connections to Hot Springs.
"Home Run" Baker
"Cool Papa" Bell
"Sliding" Billy Hamilton "Ned" Hanlon Will Harridge "Bucky" Harris "Gabby" Hartnett Harry Heilmann Pete Hill Harry Hooper
"Biz" Mackey Mickey Mantle "Heinie" Manush "Rabbit" Maranville "Rube" Marquard Tommy McCarthy Joe McGinnity John McGraw Bill McKechnie John "Bid" McPhee Johnny Mize Stan "The Man" Musial Hank O'Day Mel Ott "Satchel" Paige Herb Pennock "Gettysburg" Eddie Plank Cumberland Posey "Old Hoss" Radbourn Sam Rice Branch Rickey Eppa Rixey Brooks Robinson Jackie Robinson Wilbert Robinson "Bullet" Joe Rogan "Red" Ruffing
"Babe" Ruth Ray Schalk Frank Selee Al Simmons George Sisler Hilton Smith Billy Southworth Albert G. Spalding Tris Speaker "Casey" Stengel Mule Suttles Bill Terry Joe Tinker Cristobal Torriente "Pie" Traynor "Dazzy" Vance "Rube" Waddell "Honus" Wagner Bobby Wallace "Big" Ed Walsh Paul Waner Zack Wheat Deacon White J.L. Wilkinson "Smokey" Joe Williams Vic Willis "Hack" Wilson Jud Wilson "Cy" Young
These players, owners, writers, and announcers came to Hot Springs to train or report on spring training.
* Hall of Fame honoree
"Babe" Adams "Ginger" Beaum Sam Bankheadont Carson Bigbee Max Bishop Joe Black Tommy Bridges George "Chippy" Britt Roy Bosson George "Tioga" Burns August "Gussie" Busch "Donie" Bush "Bullet" Joe Bush Ray Caldwell Howie Camnitz * John Carmichael Bill Carrigan Ray Collins "Shano" Collins Wilbur Cooper "Colby" Jack Coombs * Sam Crane "Gavvy" Cravath Lou Criger Jimmie Crutchfield Bill Dahlen Tommy "Tido" Daly * Dan Daniels Jack Daubert Paul "Daffy" Dean "Bing" Devine Delahanty Brothers
Babe Didrikson S.E. Dillon & "Doc" Owens Bill Dineen Ray Doan & George Barr "Turkey" Mike Donlin "Patsy" Donovan "Wild Bill" Donovan "Buttermilk" Tommy Dowd "Laughing" Larry Doyle * John Drebinger Charlie Dressen * Charles Dryden George Earnshaw Luke Easter Charles Hercules Ebbets "Kid" Elberfield Victory Faust "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald "Silver" Flint Dave "Scissors" Foutz Buck Freeman * Hugh Fullerton Larry Gardner George Gibson "Kid" Gleason George Gore * Frank Graham Charlie Grant Gus Greenlee Charlie Grimm "Noodles" Hahn Ed Hamman Vic Harris Charlie Hemphill
Dick Hoblitzell Gil Hodges Willis Hudlin Marshall Hunt Mike Ilitch * Jim Isaminger Tim Jordan Sid Keener * John Kieran "Reindeer" Bill Killifer "Big Klu" Kluszewski H.W. Lanigan Joe Lannin * Ring Lardner "Arlie" Latham "Cookie" Lavagetto Cliff Lee "Dutch" Leonard "Duffy" Lewis * Fred Leib Hans Lobert Dick Lundy Sherry Magee Gus Mancuso "Firpo" Marberry Leroy Matlock Jimmy McAleer * Arch McDonald Carl Mays Jack McCallister "Nuf Ced" McGreevy * Tom Meany "Mountain Music" Melton * Sid Mercer
"Deerfoot" Milan Dale Mitchell Johnny Mostil * Tim Murnane Don Newcombe Jack O'Connor Charlie O'Leary * Buck O'Neil Tip O'Neill "Terrible" Ted Page Roger Peckinpaugh "Superman" Pennington Bruce Petway Fred Pfeffer "Deacon" Phillippe George Pipgras Harry Pulliam Jack Quinn "Double Duty" Radcliffe Uvoyd Reynolds * Grantland Rice Francis Richter Johnny Rigney Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Schoolboy Rowe "Muddy" Ruel Dutch Ruether Jake Ruppert & T.L. Huston Johnny Sain George "Tubby" Scales "Germany" Schaefer Wally Schang Al Schacht Prince Hal Schumacher
"Cy" Seymour Benjamin Franklin Shibe Urban Shocker "Deacon" Scott Bob Shawkey Ernie Shore Earl "Oil" Smith "Sherry" Smith * Wendell Smith Pop Snyder Louis Sockalexis "Spec Bebop" & "King Tut" * The Spink Family "Country Jake" Stephens * J. Roy Stockton Charles A. Stoneham Billy Sunday Jesse Tannehill John I. Taylor "Patsy" Tebeau "Birdie" Tebbetts Jim Thorpe The Tugerson Brothers George "The Bull" Uhle Bobby Veach Chris Von der Ahe John L. Webb Earl Whitehill Frank Wickware "Ned" Williamson "Smoky" Joe Wood Dave Wyatt "Chief" Zimmer
Erected 2012 by Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1886.
Location. 34° 30.629′ N, 93° 3.226′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (Arkansas Route 7) and Spring Street, on the right when traveling north on Central Avenue. Located at south side of the Hot Springs Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 629 Central Ave, Hot Springs National Park AR 71901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dizzy and Daffy Dean (here, next to this marker); First Hotel and Bath House in the Hot Springs Territory (within shouting distance of this marker); Skirmish at Farr's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); An American Spa (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bathhouse Row (about 500 feet away); Buck Ewing (about 500 feet away); Buckstaff Bathhouse (about 600 feet away); Lamar Bathhouse (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hot Springs.
More about this marker. This is a duplicate of the marker located on Whittington Ave, in the Old Whittington Park about one and half miles north and west of this marker.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Duplicate of this marker, both in Hot Springs.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.