Part of FDR's "New Deal", Fraser Field (and as you'll see in a bitů Manning Field) were WPA projects opening in 1940. In an effort to create new jobs, Franklin Delano Roosevelt began creating and building all sorts of things, from infrastructure to sporting arenas throughout the land... many of which were ballparks like this one. These new creations would house all new Minor League baseball teams throughout America. The creation of Fraser Field played its part in helping the "North Shore" of Massachusetts get through the depression until WWII put a complete end to the decade long financial crisis. Unfortunately after Fraser Field opened its doors to host exhibition games to the Pirates and then the Red Sox, WWII was coming on too fast for it to begin hosting Minor League Baseball. This beautiful new ballpark would have to wait 6 long years after its inaugural opening day before finally fielding its first professional baseball team.