Municipal Stadium came to life all the way back in 1964 but it never seemed to be able to gain any traction as a possible home for Minor League Baseball. For the first 6 years of its existence Municipal served local ball teams and American Legion ball until 1970, when it finally attracted the attention of the Single-A Northwest League. The original grandstand at this time was still standing and it was a beautiful wooden structure. The problem was, it took so long to attract a professional team to this ballpark that when one finally came, the wooden facility was already on life support. Maybe it was the salt air or just 6 years of neglect from not having a professional grounds crew but the new Bend Rainbows, who featured a very famous player indeed (but not because of baseball) would only get two year's worth of play at the ballpark with the little covered grandstand.