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Final Days of Ned Skeldon Stadium

A few years ago, I took a drive to Ned Skeldon Stadium, former home of the Toledo Mud Hens, hoping to get a few pictures and reminisce a little.

I learned that it became part of the Lucas County Recreational Center Complex and was still being used for amateur baseball, but time took a toll on the stadium, and it was clearly falling apart.

It’s no surprise then that it is officially scheduled to be demolished sometime soon, to be completed by early 2023.

The grandstands, press box and clubhouse will be razed, but the baseball diamond and dugouts will remain.

The commissioners made the decision to tear down the stadium in February. The stadium has been vacant for several years and many sections are in disrepair.

Lots of good memories of games spent with my family were made here, so it’s a little bittersweet to see it disappear.

I’ve created a gallery with more pics of the stadium, taken in 2016.

Ned Skeldon Stadium

View of Lucas County Rec Center, formally Ned Skeldon Stadium in Fall of 2016

Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.

For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens  minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers .

The stadium capacity is listed at just over 10,000 fans, though I don’t recall a game I attended having even half that for attendance. Regardless, it was replaced in 2002 with Fifth Third Field  in downtown Toledo.

I recently took a trip to the old stadium to see if it was still standing, and was pleasantly surprised that not only is it still around, it’s being used as a rec center. While I was unable to get inside the stadium to take some closer pics, I did walk away with a few shots of what remains of the stadium itself.

I’m thankful that the stadium wasn’t demolished before I could get some pics. Simply standing outside of the field brought back memories of watching games here.

I grew up watching minor league baseball, starting with the Kinston Indians , so there will always be a part of me that enjoys small stadiums such as this.

I’ve created a gallery with more pics of the stadium, taken in 2016.

One-Hit Wonders, MLB Style →

In modern Major League history, 154 position players finished their professional careers with just one plate appearance in the Major Leagues, their careers distilled down to a single stint or, in the famous case of Eddie Gaedel, a single stunt.

Of those 154, just 16 ripped a hit.

Of those 16, only five are living.

They are baseball’s one-hit wonders. One walk from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box. One trip down the first-base line. One story to tell.

These are their stories.

MLB – MLB Ultimate One-Hit Wonders 

I really enjoyed the stories from the living players and had no idea that there was a player as current as 2008 on this list.

Not sure how I’d feel, really: having a 1.000 batting average for my career stat, or the fact that I only had 1 hit, 1 at-bat as my career stat also.

Reminds me of the first time I ever played golf. Ended up getting a hole-in-one on my second hole and never played again.