Former home of the Sumter Chicks
The Rock Hill Indians were playing at old Municipal Stadium on Hill and White Streets for 2 straights seasons. Looking to make a change, they moved to Statesville's High School Stadium and Monroe's Walter Bickett Stadium for the 1969 season and neither location worked out for the team. Hoping to find a more stable environment, the Indians would move to a location that had not seen pro ball in 20 years… Riley Park in Sumter South Carolina. Playing for the South Atlantic League (which was at that time known as the Western Carolinas League), the new Sumter Indians became the Single-A affiliate for Cleveland. Much like the Sumter teams of the past, the Sumter Indians were a revolving door with 38 players calling Riley Park home for the 1970 season. Still… there was some talent if you sifted through all the journeymen. The most gifted player on the team was also the youngest… Buddy Bell. At 18 years old, Buddy Bell would hit .265 with 19 2B and 12 HR on his way to a stellar 5 time All-Star, 18 year career with the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.