Opened in 1956, Blair Field is a historic baseball stadium located in Recreation Park in Long Beach, California. It is the home of the Long Beach State Baseball team, the 49ers (aka the "dirtbags"), which is considered one of the best programs in the country; it has has produced the most current Major League Baseball players than any other university in the country. The field is named after Frank Blair, who was a sports editor for the Long Beach Press-Telegram for three decades. Before becoming Blair field M.L.B games were played here during the late 1920s.
Backstory and Context
In 1956 the stadium was upgraded and expanded, featuring locker rooms, concession stands and lighting. In 1966, the Chicago Cubs held spring training and exhibition games here. The Angels and Indians played exhibition games a year later. The Los Angeles Rams football team used the facility as their practice site before they moved it to Anaheim. The stadium was upgraded again in 1992 and Long Beach State became the first long-term tenant in 1993.