Historic Branch Rickey Park is the home of the Shawnee State Baseball Team. Named after the Hall of Fame Baseball Executive and Southern Ohio Native, Branch Rickey Park is located on the bank of the beautiful Ohio River. The Park is a quick trip from Shawnee State's campus, found off of Boundary Street. The park has been in existence since 1935 and is the home to the Bears since they returned there to play in the spring of 2010. Branch Rickey Park has seen some facelifts during the Ted Tom era including re-seeded and new sod on the infield, a new mound, new bullpens, warning track and net backstop, and renovations of the bathrooms and locker rooms. The stadium seats approximately 1,500.
Additionally, Branch Rickey Park also serves as one of the host stadiums for the Annual Gene Bennett Classic which is hosted by the Shawnee State Baseball team. The Gene Bennett Classic is named in honor of Scioto County resident and longtime Cincinnati Reds scout Gene Bennett. Bennett officially retired from the Reds before the 2011 season after 58 years with the organization. Some of Bennett's most notable signings while a scout with the Reds include Don Gullett, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Jeff Russell, Charlie Leibrandt and Paul O'Neill. He also served 19 seasons as a senior special assistant to the general manager of the Reds before his retirement.
Branch Rickey Baseball Hall of Fame Biography
25 Mary Ann St.
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Facebook Gallery Showcasing Upgrades to Branch Rickey Park
View from the entrance of Branch Ricky Park
Looking in from centerfield at home plate and the stadium press box
View just to the left of home plate
View from first base side stands
Renovated home bullpen located out of play in left field
Batting cages located on the left field side
Newly renovated locker rooms