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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