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1947 – Pueblo gets a Class A franchise in the Western League, the Pueblo Dodgers and a farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Pueblo goes on to have a team in the Western League playing at Runyon Field for 12 years. The Brooklyn Dodgers send Walter Alston to manage the team, which places first in the final standings and wins the Governor’s Cup. Team members eventually include Preston Ward, Sparky Anderson, Jim Gentile, Billy Hunter, Bud Freese, Roy Face, and Turk Lown, who made his home in Pueblo after a stint in the big leagues, and famed Dodgers Karl Spooner, Maury Wills, Clem Labine, Bob Lillis, Roger Craig, Johnny Roseboro, Don Demeter, Dick Tracewski, and Larry Sherry.

 

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History of Runyon Field (early information largely taken from the Pueblo Chieftain, May 27, 2002 ) 1934 – Runyon Field is born when bleachers are moved there from the old Merchants Field. 1938 – The field is officially established as a baseball field and called County Park. 1938 – Babe Ruth plays an exhibition game at the park.

1941 – The Pueblo Rollers played in the Western League as a farm team of the St. Louis Browns. Pueblo finished 4th (out of 6) in the regular season at 52 – 54. They beat Cheyenne (Indians) in the first round and were leading Norfolk (Yankees) 3 games to 2 in the championship round when a storm flooded the Norfolk field. It went beyond the 9/15 deadline for completion and the Rollers were awarded the title. After that the war broke out and the whole league went dormant.

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