Sluka Field's name?

Connie of Grand Haven asked, "There's a baseball field on Grand Haven's east side called Sluka Field. Who is that named for?"
Mark Brooky
Oct 21, 2013


It is named to honor Steve Sluka, who was the baseball coach for Grand Haven High School for 28 years (1945-73).

Sluka and several other men proposed to City Council in 1949 that the city buy an old farm off Beechtree Street and Waverly Avenue, and turn it into a baseball field, according to local historian Dr. Dave Seibold in his book, "Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny." Sluka had picked raspberries at the farm in his younger days.

Sluka was instrumental in raising the money for the project, Seibold noted, and the field was eventually ready for play in June 1961. Grand Haven High School played its home baseball games at Sluka Field for 36 years, until the new high school was opened in 1997.

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Was that Connie Mack V asking this?
It was a great field to play at. There were lights at the top of all those poles. There was a fairly permanent tall fence out in the field, and it took a major-league hit to clear that 300' fence. When you played games under those lights, and it made you feel like you were in the big leagues. Too bad that is all gone now, taken over by soccer munchkins every Saturday. I believe they even re-named the field Harz field when Ray passed and left money to keep the lights on. Of course, they then took down the lights and fence, and put up the orange plastic snow fence moving it in for little league. It was a well-kept major league-style field at one time.


I guess it is named after a very good baseball player. I think that is what it is all about and that is actually the thing they are good at. - Marla Ahlgrimm

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