Redevelopment Authority

of the City of Butler

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Kelly Automotive Park (Pullman Park)

The Pullman Park facility was built in 1934 by the Standard Steel Car Company and donated to the City of Butler, who established the Pullman Board of Trust to manage the park and host a variety of professional baseball teams and numerous non-baseball events.  The property was operated by the Pullman Park Board of Trust (PPBT), a five member court appointed Board of Volunteers.  It is one of the largest fields in Pennsylvania boasting a center field wall of 424 feet and has a remarkable and quite proud history. 

 

In its prime, farm teams for the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers called it “home”.  Pullman Park is one of the last remaining remnants of the Pennsylvania State Association and the Mid-Atlantic League.  The Yankees played there for 10 years – first with the Pennsylvania State Association and then the remaining 3 years with the Mid-Atlantic League.  Class D baseball was played at the park until the early fifties, when changes in the minor league system resulted in the professional games leaving town.  Other minor league teams that played at Pullman Park include the Cleveland Indians in 1934, the Detroit Tigers from 1949 – 1950, and the Pittsburgh Pirates during 1951.  Some of the famous ballplayers to play at Pullman Park include Joe Page, White Ford, Josh Gibson, George Selkirk, and Joe DiMaggio.

 

Throughout the years, because of its unique status with the city and the county, the Directors of the PPBT have relied on the generosity of the governing boards’ budget allocations and any income derived from events and users fees to maintain and improve the facilities.  The ball field itself was well maintained and operated; unfortunately, over the years, the site, buildings, and amenities had fallen into disrepair due to lack of attention and funding.  It had ceased operations in 2005.

 

In 2001, a steering committee was formed which included the City Council of the City of Butler, the Butler County Commissioners, the PPBT, and state congressmen representing the City of Butler Area to form a renovation plan for the park.  The committee decided that the historical significance of the ball field and some accessory structures were felt to be the most important components of the Pullman Park facility.  Only once the Redevelopment Authority stepped in and assumed ownership of the park did serious planning and subsequent funding and construction actually take place.

 

Initial construction of the infield (artificial turf) and outfield (new sod) began in September 2007 and the major renovation/ construction of the Historic Pullman Park facility began in November 2007.

 

The facility is a two level stadium with seating capacity of approximately 2,000 with 1,500 in the general concourse, 15 - 25 in each of the seven luxury suites, and 100 in the left and right field party decks.  The party decks are designed to be open areas that will be available for rent for corporate outings, family gatherings, community events, etc.  The luxury suites can be opened to make one large banquet room.  Parking was also expanded from 35 spaces to approximately 120 spaces through landscaping.  The design of the stadium also includes the capacity for future expansion should a minor league baseball team be secured.

 

 

On July 2, 2008, at Pullman Park in his hometown of Butler, Minto defeated John Poore by first-round technical knockout. Minto knocked Poore down three times before the bout was stopped.