Bill Doenges Memorial Park Stadium

Location: North end of Dewey Avenue on Hensley

According to historical material found at our Public Library, during 1908-1909 Bartlesville Baseball fans made a deal with William Johnstone to establish a ball park on the allotment of his daughter, Nellie Johnstone at the north end of Dewey Avenue. It was known as the Bartlesville Baseball Park. A wooden grandstand was built, with a wooden fence around the entire field that featured changeable billboard ads, readable to all fans in the park. In January of 1916, these lands were included in the sale of 37.09 acres by Nellie and her husband Howard Cannon to the City of Bartlesville. The first lights over the field were lit on October 13, 1916.

On May 2, 1932 a new concrete stadium including grandstand and concrete fence encircling the entire ballpark was dedicated as the Municipal Stadium. Between 1909 and 1970 the Ball Park and Stadium was used for baseball, fastball, boxing matches, drill grounds for uniformed organizations, horse shows, Shrine Circuses Rodeos and many other programs. It is now the home diamond of the Bill Doenges Ford Injuns of the American Legion Baseball League.

This League began a tournament in 1959 that has become a tradition with the City each summer. This American Legion Invitational Tournament was later renamed the Glen Winget Tournament in memory of the beloved American Legion Baseball manager who had been instrumental in starting the tournament.

In 1998 Bartlesville made its first bid to host the 2003 American Legion World Series here at Municipal Stadium. In the years since that bid was won, $1.25 million dollars has been spent renovating this wonderful 70 year old stadium in preparation. The Stadium was renamed to honor Bill Doenges, a car dealer in town who was an ardent supporter of Bartlesville's Legion teams. Our dreams came true to host the ALWS and it was a huge success. Eight teams competed for the coveted championship and brought several thousand people to our city.

The chairman of the Stadium Renovation Committee, James S. Curd Jr, has high hopes for the renovated stadium. He comments:

"The Stadium Operation Committee is looking at bringing other sports and non-sports events to the stadium."

"We hope to bring in some college baseball beyond Oklahoma Wesleyan University, perhaps even some Division I baseball . The stadium has the opportunity to play for a large crowd venue for concerts and things like that down the road. The stadium seating is there. There's room to be able to put up a stage, where 2,000 to 3,000 people could gather. There's some hope there will be some things the SOC can look at and hopefully work into having those things."