6. Sam Guinn Field

Sam Guinn Field was the host to more than 15 Negro League baseball teams during Spring Training in the 1920’s and 1930’s. All the great Negro League players of the day played here during Spring Training or while barnstorming the country playing white or other local teams for money as they bounced from town to town. Little is known of the original field that was located here on Crescent Drive. We do know that the field was used primarily for football games and practices in the later part of the 20th century. It was named after Sam Guinn, a high school football player from Langston High School, who suffered a broken neck and died while playing a game on the field. The field was closed in mid-1990 when the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church was constructed on the site.