Jordan Field (IMU Parking Lot)
Backstory and Context
Jordan Field was located where the Indiana Memorial Union parking lot is now. Jordan Field was used for numerous activities such as football games, baseball games, after school activities, and many more. In 1943 Jordan Field was the main practice field for IU’s baseball team and was also the main field for baseball games. Since the Cincinnati Reds came to Bloomington for spring training they used Jordan Field as much as they could. Unfortunately their first time here was not too helpful as rain was a big issue and caused them to practice more inside. When it was nice out they were on that field for almost the whole day and used it to scrimmage numerous other teams who took the drive down. The 1943 Cincinnati Reds even brought in their own groundskeeper to make sure the field was in good conditions to play and practice one. On April 8, the first reported exhibition game held on Jordan Field was between the Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Indians with the Reds winning 8-6 in front of 2,000 students, townspeople, visitors, soldiers, and Marines.
“History.” Indiana Memorial Union. Accessed March 10, 2020. https://imu.indiana.edu/about/history.html.
Kellams, Dina. “Indiana University Bloomington.” Blogging Hoosier History, January 28, 2013. https://blogs.libraries.indiana.edu/iubarchives/tag/jordan-field/.
Kellams, Dina. “Indiana University Bloomington.” Blogging Hoosier History, October 9, 2013. https://blogs.libraries.indiana.edu/iubarchives/tag/cincinnati-reds/.