Independence, Kansas: First Pro Night Baseball Game

A monument plaque pays tribute on the site of the First Organized Professional Night Baseball Game, played on April 28, 1930. Hot dog, Cracker Jacks, electric lighting.

Emmot Field

Mickey Mantle Way, Independence, KS
Just inside the entrance to Emmot Field, on the northeast corner of N. 5th St. and Mickey Mantle Way. Enter the field and the plaque will be just inside the gate.
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Mickey Mantle plaque.

First Organized Night Pro Baseball Game

The monument is at the former location of Schulthis Field, the baseball park where Mickey Mantle later hit his first professional home run. Enter the field from the Mickey Mantle Way entrance and the plaques will be just inside the gate.

[Gan Nunnally, 07/06/2020]

A plaque recounts the many objections to night baseball, such as, "eating a large meal before a night game and then getting excited at the game would cause indigestion." Nevertheless, the first game was played on April 28, 1930. The former baseball field is now a football stadium.

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