Worcester,Mass - Places of the Past, The Oval
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The oval was in back of Coburn Ave in Worcester, no longer exists.
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Christine Howe - Report this comment
Hello, Yes, the oval did used to be used for a baseball field. There used to be games there and there used to be a consession wagon or some sort of consession accomodation where food could be bought during games. I am trying to recall this information from 55 years ago, so please bear with me. The oval was in back of Coburn Ave in Worcester. I lived at 208 Coburn Ave and if I remember right, we used to walk across the street and take a littl side street to get to the oval. If you look across the street from 208 Coburn Ave, the oval was down in back of those houses. I have heard it is still there, but something might be built on it now. A real shame!! I'm sure if you talk to some of the residents in that area, they could give you more information. Thanks for remembering the OVAL.
Ron Messier - Report this comment
I would like to add to this one, The oval is now St. Georges Cathedrial, all the property has been sold to them and no signs of the oval exist today
Tim Cullen - Report this comment
I believe that,in the late 1950's and early 1960's, the OVAL was owned by St. John's High School. At least, that's where the baseball team played around that time. The school had been on Temple St. in Worcester and then moved to Shrewsbury in about 1961. More information might be obtained by calling the school.
jim sadowski- November 08, 2008 - Report this comment
I believe the oval gets its name fron the railroad close by, which makes an ovel turn on Crow Hill. Saint Georges Cathedrial is at 30 Anna street.
jim sadowski- November 09, 2008 - Report this comment
http://www.projectballpark.org/ne/oval.html Year Built: 1892 Construction: Horace H. Bigelow Capacity: 2,000 The Oval was originally built for track and field games. From 1893 to 1907 the New England Intercollegiate Games were held here. Other events included bicycle racing and Gaelic football games. The first baseball team to use the Oval was the 1894 New England League Club and the last team was 1904 Connecticut League team the was transferred to Norwich, CT. Currently the Oval is St. George's Cathedral, no signs of the park exist. The following teams called The Oval their home: Worcester, 1894, New England League Worcester, 1898, New England League Worcester Farmers, 1899 - 1900, International League Worcester Quakers, 1901, International League Worcester Hustlers, 1902, International League Worcester Riddles, 1903, International League Worcester, 1904, Eastern Association
jim sadowski- April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
The Oval gps location is 42.2657 -71.7578 was SW corner of Anna Street and Sherbrook Ave. Was 5.34 acres owned by H.H. Bigelow.
Mike- July 25, 2010 - Report this comment
The Worcester Hawks, a semi pro softball team played there in the 1960s - 70s. Eddie "the King" made an appearance there and fascinated everyone with his softball pitching from 2nd base. St. John's football practiced there. I remember that many of the team would walk up to Hamilton St. and hitch their way back to the school in their cleats and uniforms.
Mary- October 31, 2010 - Report this comment
I heard that the Oval was also used by St. John's High school for their football practice and games. I also heard that a Semi Professional football team practiced and played games there. I think the team's name was THE GOLDEN BEARS. Does anyone have any information about this?
Mike Santora- May 23, 2014 - Report this comment
There was some great fast pitch softball at the oval in the 60's. My great uncle Fran Pusateri put together a team named the Worcester Hawks and they played for the National Championship against the Raybestos Cardinals and the Clearwater Bombers from Florida. We came close a couple of times but never won it all.
Dee- August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
If you go to this website there is a map showing the oval at the corner of Coburn Ave and Anna Street http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/6743/Lake+Quinsigamond/Worcester+County+1898/Massachusetts/
Gwen Arslen Purushotham- September 15, 2023 - Report this comment
Yes, My sister and brothers and I went to the softball games at the Oval with my Dad who helped my Uncle Fran manage the team. My sister and I made up a song for the Worcester Hawks that we wanted to sing from the pitcher's mound before a game. We auditioned for my Uncle and couldn't understand why he never took us up on our offer!
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