John B. Schuerholz Park is the official home of the Towson University Tigers' baseball team.
Dedicated on April 29, 2001, the facility is named in honor of John Schuerholz, a 1962 Towson graduate and former baseball player. A Baltimore native and a member of the Towson Athletic Hall of Fame, he was a three-sport standout for the Tigers, earning all-conference honors in baseball and soccer.
Currently the president of the Atlanta Braves, he was the driving force behind the project. More than 125 college baseball fans, including 50 former Tiger players, contributed toward its completion.
The project, which involved a major renovation and expansion to the existing baseball facility, was completed in mid-April, 2001. Included in the project were permanent seating, a press box, a concessions area and rest room facilities.
With seating for 500 spectators and a fully-functional press box, Schuerholz Park is located in the heart of the University campus at the corner of Towsontowne Boulevard and Osler Drive.
One of the more unique features about Schuerholz Park, with its distinctive mixture of biege and reddish brown brick work, are its dimensions; 312 feet down the left field line and 302 feet down the right field line. However, the deepest part of the ball park is right centerfield which is 424 feet from home plate. The power alleys are 373 feet in left center and right center.
Schuerholz provided the lead gift for the project and served as the chairman of the fund-raising drive. Schuerholz Park is named in honor of Mr. Schuerholz and his father. Honored as Towson's Alumnus of the Year in 1986, he was the general manager of the Kansas City Royals from 1981 to 1991 and led the Royals to the world championship in 1985. He joined the Braves organization in 1991 and led the Braves to the 1995 World Series title. In his 16 years as the Braves' general manager, Atlanta won a record 14 straight divisional titles as well as five National League pennants and one World Series.
Soon after graduating from Towson, Schuerholz (left) began a career in professional baseball. After teaching at a middle school for three years, he joined the Baltimore Orioles as an assistant in 1966. In 1968, he joined a new expansion team, the Kansas City Royals. He joined the Royals for the 1969 season, their first season in baseball.
In 1970, he was named as the Royals' Assistant Farm Director and he was promoted to Farm Director in 1975. He became the Royals' Director of Player Procurement and Development in 1976 and was promoted to Vice-President for Player Personnel in 1979. In 1981, the Royals named him Executive Vice-President and General Manager, a position he held for ten years.
During his tenure in Kansas City, the Royals won their only World Series title, two American League pennants and six divisional championships.
In 1991, he joined the Atlanta Braves and directed the Braves' 12-year run of unprecedented success. Since 1991, the Braves have the best record in the major leagues and they won a major league-record 11 straight divisional titles and five National League pennants. The Braves won the 1995 World Series, beating Cleveland in six games.
He was honored as the Major League's Executive of the Year in 1985, an award he also earned with the Braves in 1991. He is the first baseball executive to be the general manager of world championship teams in both the American League and the National League.
The playing surface of the field is natural grass.
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