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PETRAKIS PARK

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PETRAKIS PARK. In November 1980 the City of Dubuque and the Pillsbury Company signed a lease in which the company paid $20,000 to be able to store grain and then coal on the site of Petrakis Park for eight months. This dashed all hopes of restoring Dubuque's only lighted baseball field. It also meant that Dubuque was without a professional-status baseball field for the first time since 1879 when the city claimed the World Championship by defeating the Chicago Cubs 1-0. That was also the year that Dubuque became a member of the first professional baseball league in Iowa and future stars Charles Albert COMISKEY and Charles Gardner RADBOURNE played infield. (1) The site had once been called the DUBUQUE ATHLETIC FIELD.

The future use of Petrakis Field located on the Fourth Street Peninsula for baseball was also questioned. Other companies wished to lease the land and the likelihood of a three-year agreement between the city and another company looked promising. (2)

Construction of a new baseball complex on CITY ISLAND was set for 1983, but voters still had to pass a bond issue.

In June, 1982 the city's voters approved a bond measure that resulted in the construction of a softball/baseball complex. McAleece Sports Complex covering 42-acres included John Petrakis Park, the home baseball field for LORAS COLLEGE and WAHLERT CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL. Dubuque Little League and three semi-pro baseball teams also use the field. In 2010 three softball fields had summer adult leagues playing for fourteen weeks from May through August six might per week. Most nights had four games on each field. (3)

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Source:

1. Bigelow, Bruce. "City Rents Park to Pillsbury," Telegraph Herald, Nov. 17, 1980, p. 21.

2. Ibid

3. Dubuque, Iowa-Official Website. Online: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?NID=1131