Ripken in the Minors

The Ballparks

On this page you will find galleries to view the 4 minor league parks that Cal called home as he worked his way through the minors. A very special thank you to those who have contributed photos for this page.


Bowen Field: Bluefield, West Virginia (1978)

Thank you to John Walter at for sharing his great pictures of Bowen Field. You can view the pictures at the following link:


Miami Stadium: Miami, Florida (1979)

Thank you to Kurt Schweizer for sharing his great pictures from Miami Stadium: 


Crockett Park: Charlotte, North Carolina (1979 & 1980)

In 1940, Charlotte constructed Calvin Griffith Park on Magnolia Avenue for $70,000. Later renamed Crockett Park, Charlotte teams played at the facility until a fire destroyed it in 1985. A St. Patrick's Day weekend fire tore through the wooden structure of Crockett Park, effectively destroying the stadium. An investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was arson. To read more about Crockett Park and to find a link with an image gallery of pictures and articles related to the Crockett Park fire, please visit the following:

Our second gallery includes 16 pictures of Crockett Park courtesy of Eric & Wendy Pastore at To see the gallery, please visit


Silver Stadium: Rochester, New York (1981)

Originally named Red Wing Stadium, Silver Stadium opened in 1929 and held its final game on Friday, August 30, 1996.

Thank you to John Walter at for sharing some great pictures of Silver Stadium! You can view the pictures at the following link: