Welcome to the Americus Play Grounds
… located in Americus Georgia …
Former home to the Americus Cardinals!
Before the stunning wooden ballpark "Thomas L. Bell Stadium" became home to the Minor League teams of Americus Georgia in 1938, the Americus
Play Grounds served as home to the Americus Cardinals… which was indeed a "St. Louis Cardinals" franchise, but it also served in 1937 as a home for the Class D Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate as well as in 1938 to the Washington Senators for half a season until Thomas L. Bell Stadium was completed. This ballpark however is most famous because after he was kicked out of baseball for the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" scandal, this is where Shoeless Joe Jackson would come to play… right here at the Americus Play Grounds. Americus at the time was in a semi-pro league and didn't officially join the "Georgia-Florida League" until 1935. There aren't many photographs of this old ballpark (and we welcome any others that you may have) but we will give you a quick look at the ballpark where Shoeless Joe would come to play in 1923.