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Youngstown State University Penguins
(NCAA Division I)
When Eastman Field debuted in 1999, it was the first time that professional baseball had been played in the region since 1951 when the Youngstown A’s moved to Oil City Pennsylvania, mid-season. Youngstown had once been a hot bed of professional baseball with the Class C Mid-Atlantic League placing teams at Youngstown’s once famous and now all but demolished amusement park, known as Idora Park. The world reknown amusement park built a rather large baseball stadium in 1918 which was encapsulated by the tracks of the "Jack Rabbit" rollercoaster ride. As the 50’s came and television became the new form of entertainment, baseball began to fall by the wayside (as did the amusement park). When the A’s left town in the middle of the 1951 season, Youngstown would go dark to professional baseball for almost 50 years until Eastwood Field brought Single-A baseball back to the area. Photos of the old Idora Park Baseball Stadium are very hard to find. Please let us know if you are aware of any in existance!