League Stadium, Now Part of the 2012 National Film Registry
The Dubois County Bombers play their home games at historic League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana.
League Stadium was built in 1894. In addition to "A League of their Own," League Stadium was used in the 1995 HBO movie, "Soul of the Game." The movie focused on Negro League baseball.
In 1996, professional baseball came to League Stadium when the Dubois County Dragons of the Heartland League were formed. The league folded in 1998 after three seasons, but professional baseball wasn't gone for long. The Frontier League's Dubois Country Dragons started play at the stadium in 1999. The Dragons played at the stadium from 1999-2002 before moving to Kenosha, WI.
In 2005, baseball was back at League Stadium with the arrival of the Dubois County Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (CICL). In 2009 the CICL merged with several former Frontier League franchises to form the Prospect League. In 2012 the Bombers play their eighth season at historic League Stadium, and their third season as members of the Prospect League.
In addition to Bombers baseball, other games and events are held at the stadium each year. League Stadium is home to the Southridge High School Raiders and the field also hosts I.H.S.A.A. Sectional and Regional Baseball Tournaments.
The seating capacity of League Stadium is 2,783.
The 1992 classic film “A League of Their Own,” featuring scenes at Huntingburg’s beloved League Stadium, has been added to the 2012 National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In the film, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna, League Stadium serves as the home field for the Rockford Peaches, an All-American Girls Professional Baseball team.
“The City of Huntingburg is so blessed to have League Stadium to remind us all of how important this film was to the American film culture,” said Mayor Denny Spinner.
Congress established the National Film Registry in 1989 to highlight the significance of preserving America’s unique film culture. According to the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, films are considered for the National Film Registry if they are at least 10 years old, nominated by the public, and “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant.
James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, told USA Today that the selected films are not necessarily deemed the top American films of all time, but were chosen because of their lasting prominence on American culture.
“They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation,” said Billington.
“Having a piece of this recognition in our community brings such a significant sense of pride to our residents,” said Mayor Spinner. “We welcome visitors and look forward to sharing our nationally recognized treasure with them.”