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J. Polk Brooks' field of dreams turned 60 this year, and Frank "Doc" Hideg and the Brooks Stadium Commission, along with numerous community volunteers, have continued to preserve "the House that Brooks Built."

This beautiful baseball stadium has been home to countless ball teams including the original Kitty League, and affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Missouri-Ohio Valley League, the American legion, Paducah Tilghman High School, the Twin States League, the OVC, and the Tran South Conference.  The stadium has also been host to games played by Murray State University, the University of Kentucky, Southern Illinois University, Mid-Continent University, John A. Logan Jr. College, Paducah Community College, and the Southern Illinois Miners, a Frontier League affiliate.

Brooks Stadium/Doc Hideg Field is one of the oldest baseball parks still in use in Kentucky.  Mike Shannon, radio broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals, called Brooks Stadium one of the finest amateur baseball parks in the United Sates.

Click here to read The House That Brooks Built by Berry Craig.
Taken from Paducah Life Magazine May/April 2009.

Say the name “Doc” Hideg almost anywhere in this country where American Legion baseball is played and someone there will know him or have heard of him.

In 23 years as the coach of Post 31, Doc had a record of 831 wins and only 279 losses. That is a winning percentage of 75%. His teams won six State Championships and produced many college and professional players. But even when his coaching days ended ... Read More About Doc