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Property Name Duncan Park Stadium
Reference Number 15001009
State South Carolina
County Spartanburg
Town Spartanburg
Street Address 0 West Park Drive
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/26/2016
Areas of Significance Entertainment / Recreation
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15001009.pdf
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Duncan Park Stadium, located at 0 West Park Drive in Spartanburg, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A at the local level of significance in the area of entertainment/recreation for its use as a recreation center and sports facility by the people of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Important community events were also held here, from Fourth of July celebrations and beauty pageants to a 1943 homecoming for Spartanburg native James F. Byrnes, the National Director of War Mobilization at the time and future governor of South Carolina. Although there were periods of inactivity due to deferred maintenance and lapses in league play, this facility was the pre-eminent baseball park in the state of South Carolina when it was constructed and remains an active baseball stadium to the present day. The period of significance for Duncan Park Stadium is defined as 1926-1963, a time frame that spans the thirty-seven years of constant use of the facility before the Minor League Baseball Class A affiliate for the Philadelphia Phillies took ownership of the park in 1963. Although there have been alterations to the seating and outfield wall during the life of the stadium, the grandstand, roof structure, and playing field remain intact.

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