Coleman Field has been OSU's only home field since varsity baseball began in 1907. It is the longest continuously used field in the Pacific 10 Conference and one of the longest in the nation. The field was also used for football practice when Bell field (left) was the football team's stadium. Although the baseball diamond had been known as Coleman Field since the 1940s, it wasn't formally given that name by the University until 1981. Photo was published in the Oregon Stater, November 1949.The OSU marching band also used used theseformer practice fields.
Photo shows Parker Stadium (under construction) in foreground; Gill Coliseum on the left; track and baseball fields and tennis courts in the upper left corner. This scan was taken from the photograph housed in the News and Communications Services Photograph Collection (P 057).
Oregon State College baseball players practice their pitching. From left to right: Gerald John "Rick" Erickson, Kenneth Leroy Carpenter, Robert Henry Stolz, and Chuck Sauvin. Used in the Oregon Stater, May 1949, page 12.
Coaches shown in photo are: Roy Lamb, instructor in physical education and assistant coach; Paul J. Schissler; football coach, 1924-1933; Verne Eilers, trainer. Roy Lamb was the baseball coach in 1929.
Better known for his 599 wins over 36 seasons as Oregon State's basketball coach, Gill was also the baseball coach from 1932-1937 while Ralph Coleman concentrated on other duties in the school's Division of Physical Education. Gill's teams were 56-70 during his six years as coach.