The South Bend Silver Hawks open their second homestand of the season tonight*, which means fans get another chance to see the new sights at Four Winds Field (formerly Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium, aka The Cove).
The most notable change is the addition of a life-sized bronze statue of MLB Hall-of-Famer Stanley Coveleski, which is located inside the centerfield gate. Here are a couple photos I shot of it when I was at Four Winds Field two days after the statue was unveiled:
Coveleski pitched in the major leagues in 1912 and from 1916 to 1928. According to his Baseball-Reference.com page, the spitballer amassed a 215-142 record with a 2.89 ERA and 981 strikeouts in 3,082 regular-season innings. (His record must’ve been amended after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame because his HOF plaque lists it as 214-141.) He won 20 or more games in five seasons and won 13 straight games in 1925. He also pitched in two World Series, 1920 (for Cleveland) and 1925 (for Washington). He was dominant in the 1920 World Series, winning three games with a 0.67 ERA and a shutout in 27 IP. He didn’t fare as well in the 1925 World Series, going 0-2 with a 3.77 ERA in 14.1 IP.
Coveleski retired to South Bend after his playing career ended, and was active with local baseball teams. The stadium was named after him when it was built in the 1980s; he was still living in South Bend at that time. He was buried in the city’s St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery after he died March 20, 1984.
In addition to the new statue, other changes at the ballpark were spurred on by the stadium’s name change last September. The new “Four Winds Field” name can be seen instead of “Stanley Coveleski Stadium” or “The Cove” in these places (among others) at the ballpark:
* Monday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather, making tonight’s doubleheader the official start of the homestand.
* All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler