Skip to main content

Cardines Field

Cardines Field

First used as a baseball sandlot in 1908, Cardines Field has hosted baseball in Newport for over a century. Originally named Basin Field, the ballpark was renamed in honor of Bernardo Cardines, the first Newport man to die in World War I.

Currently, the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League play at Cardines Field every summer, along with the George Donnelly Sunset League, the oldest amatuer baseball league in the nation. Over its history Cardines Field has hosted Negro League games, Navy sailors participating in the Sunset League, and high school baseball. Bob Feller, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra all played in the Sunset League while stationed at Naval Station Newport, and Larry Doby helped integrate the Sunset League before he became the first African-American to play in the American League. 

Enjoy our work? Help us keep going.

Now in its 75th year, American Heritage relies on contributions from readers like you to survive. You can support this magazine of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it by donating today.