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From the Archives: Play Ball!

March 25th, 2018

Spring is here, which means warmer weather and baseball season!  Baseball has always been a popular activity at Purdue.  Can you identify the location of this baseball game?  When was it?  How many landmarks can you identify in the background?  Share your theories in the comments and check back on Friday for the full story!


Stuart Field hosted most of Purdue’s outdoor activities from its creation in the 1890s until the construction of Ross-Ade Stadium in 1924.  Everything from football and baseball games to ROTC drills and marching band parades took place on the field.  At the time of its creation, Stuart Field’s location just east of the Armory was the northern edge of campus.  Today, the Elliott Hall of Music occupies much of Stuart Field’s former footprint and a plaque commemorates the location of this early Purdue landmark.

Additional views of Stuart Field provide a glimpse of the area surrounding campus:

Marching Band on Stuart Field, 1911

Seniors follow the Marching Band across Stuart Field, 1911.  Michael Golden Labs are visible in the background.

A Game of Push Ball on Stuart Field, 1919

A game of push ball, 1919