Explore Palm Springs: Summer Baseball 1948

Field Club drew crowds to watch America's pastime

Summer baseball in Palm Springs drew a crowd in July 1948.


Summer baseball was an important pastime for villagers in early Palm Springs, who were too busy during the winter season to have time for recreation.

Baseball enthusiasts, men, women and children came to the Field Club in July 1948, located at the northeast corner of Ramon Road and Sunrise Way, and brought orange crates to sit on.

Later, the city built bleachers and people parked their cars on the grounds. Fans would pick a seat where they hoped to catch a soft desert breeze that would bring a little relief from the summer heat.

During the games, sometimes more than 20 cases of soft drinks were sold as well as other refreshments. The money was used to buy baseballs, lights and other necessities to make the summer leagues successful.

Umpires calling “you’re out” would be met with a great howl coming from spectators. Roland Vaile of KCMJ occasionally broadcast the games over the radio.

There is a multitude of ways to learn more about Palm Springs, which turned 75 in 2013. One of the more intriguing methods is by exploring the city’s history.

The Palm Springs Historical Society will share a weekly story whose time and place corresponds with today.

The Palm Springs Historical Society is located at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive. For more information, visit www.pshistoricalsociety.org

Like what you're reading? Then "Like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter.

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Desert Guide
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Explore Palm Springs: Thanksgiving at the Palm Springs Tennis Club

On Thanksgiving Day 1952, Palm Springs Tennis Club members and their guests were astonished to see the club transformed into a glittering French picture.

Big Wheel Tours Brings Desert Wonders Closer

For Evan Trubee, a lifelong passion in cycling evolved into a 20 year business venture in outdoor-guided tours called Big Wheel Tours in Palm Desert.

Brie Larson's Performance Catches Film Festival's Attention

For her performance in the movie, Room, Brie Larson will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

Explore Palm Springs: Eisenhower Medical Center

The story of the creation of Eisenhower Medical Center begins on the golf course at Thunderbird Country Club in 1961.

Explore Palm Springs: Mayor Charlie Farrell

Charles Farrell rescinded his resignation from days earlier to be unanimously elected as mayor by the Palm Springs City Council.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

McCallum Theatre Broadway Blockbusters Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the four 2015-2016 Broadway Blockbusters Series shows.
Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Romantic Palm Springs Getaway

Experience the beauty, romance and excitement of the Palm Springs area when you enter to be the lucky winner of this romantic couples getaway
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
Edit ModuleShow Tags