It has gone by different names over the years: White Center Stadium, Mel Olson Stadium and Steve Cox Memorial Park.
But whatever you call the venerable covered ballpark on SW 102nd Street just east of Ambaum, it has a history dating back to the completion of the original wooden grandstands in May of 1940.
In decades gone by hundreds of fans used to pack the stadium to watch semipro baseball and national level men's fastpitch softball teams going by such names as Pay 'N Pak, Westside Federal and The King & His Court.
The Highline Bears are hoping to bring back the days of such high level ball and the big crowds that go with them when the Pacific International League semiprofessional baseball expansion team plays its first season at the park this summer.
"Our main goal is to bring the community together through baseball," said Bears general manager Justin Moser. "This is the community's team. We want to bring fans from West Seattle and Highline all the way through Des Moines on Friday and Saturday nights and watch a game of baseball."
Joining Moser on the brass of the team are president Russ Pritchard, manager Tom Coughlin and treasurer John Thomson.More ›