Tinker Field History Plaza Groundbreaking Event
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On Monday, October 30, 2017, at 10:30 am, Orlando City Commissioners and Tinker Field History Plaza Committee members celebrate the groundbreaking of the Tinker Field History Plaza at Camping World Stadium.
The Tinker Field Plaza celebrates more than 100 years of Orlando baseball and Civil Rights history and heroes and will incorporate elements such as:
- Historic timeline and plaques
- Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and baseball Hall of Famer Clark Griffith monuments
- Refurbished original stadium seats and gateway entrance
- Replica covered pavilion
- Vintage-style lighting
- State of Florida Historical Market
A key part of the city’s plan for strategic growth is recognizing, preserving, and celebrating the past and honoring our history. In 2015, the Orlando City Council approved an ordinance designating Tinker Field as an Orlando historic landmark. This is a unique opportunity for Orlando to create a destination for people to gather, honor, and learn about many baseball history legends who played in Orlando as well as local and national heroes of the Civil Rights Movement events that took place at Tinker Field. After much research, design, and public input, the plan for the Tinker Field History Plaza project was approved by the Orlando City Council in December of 2016.
To understand more about the history behind Tinker Field, please feel free to view this video from 2014, below:
Joseph Bert Tinker (July 27, 1880 – July 27, 1948) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played from 1902 through 1916 for the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Chicago Whales of the Federal League.
Born in Muscotah, Kansas, Tinker began playing semi-professional baseball in Kansas in the late 19th century. He began his professional career in 1900 in minor league baseball and made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1902. Tinker was a member of the Chicago Cubs dynasty that won four pennants and two World Series championships between 1906 and 1910. After playing one season with Cincinnati in 1913, he became one of the first stars to jump to the upstart Federal League in 1914. After leading the Whales to the pennant in 1915, he returned to the Cubs as their player-manager in 1916, his final season in MLB.
Tinker returned to minor league baseball as a part-owner and manager for the Columbus Senators before moving to Orlando, Florida, to manage the Orlando Tigers. While in Orlando, Tinker developed a real estate firm, which thrived during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. However, the 1926 Miami hurricane and Great Depression cost Tinker most of his fortune, and he returned to professional baseball in the late 1930s.
With the Cubs, Tinker was a part of a great double-play combination with teammates Johnny Evers and Frank Chance that was immortalized as “Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance” in the poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon“. However, Evers and Tinker feuded off the field. Tinker was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, the same year as Evers and Chance. He has also been honored by the Florida State League and the city of Orlando.
I am sure that we Central Floridians are all looking forward to the completion of Tinker Field History Plaza.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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