Baseball in Hingham
by Susan Boyd
Baseball is a National pastime and here in Hingham it’s a favorite sport that is practiced almost year round. Ok, this is New England I know but here in Hingham the South Shore Baseball Club (www.ssbc.com) keeps those baseball hungry kids satisfied until the grass turns green and the outdoor fields are ready for play. What do we love so much about baseball? It’s a precursor to the warm days of summer and we are eager to be outside after a long New England winter.
Do you want to know where to have a game of catch? Or need to know what you’ll find when you get to the field? Here’s a scorecard:
Haley Field – Main Street (route 228), entrance between two residential houses. Bare bones baseball field, no bathrooms, no snacks. The Town Hall play area will entice your younger kids – but it’s really too far from the field to watch them and the game.
Kress Field – 301 Gardner (Upper Gardner, across Route 53) Can be buggy at times so be prepared with repellant. No bathrooms, no snacks, no bleachers (bring a chair) but has an open playground close enough for the younger kids to use while you watch a game.
Hersey Field – Thaxter Street, yup, not on Hersey Street as you might expect. Parking can get muddy if there is rain. Bleachers but no bathrooms, no snacks, and a small playground pretty distant from the field.
Cronin Field – Behind the Town Hall . Used mostly for High School Baseball.
Carlson Field – Bare Cove Park . Enter off Fort Hill Street across from the train station. Fields are nice and new, bleachers but no snack-bar, no bathrooms.
Central/Powers Field - School Street right in Hingham Centre. More of a practice field than a playing field, in a residential area. No bathrooms, no snacks.
Lynch Field – 226 Beal Street [by Stop and Shop] Finally, nice fields with bathrooms and snacks [yippee!] but---only when there is a game going on. No play area but lots of room on the sidelines to roam. Limited bleachers so bring chairs> Early season it can be cold when it’s windy, even on a sunny day. Mid season it can be hot, bring water—in a cooler.
Plymouth River School – a good practice field. No bathrooms.
Hingham High School/Union Field – Union Street. A nice field, if it hasn’t been raining. Bleachers, no snacks. [unless the delicious [really!] hot dog truck is stationed there]If the school is open you can use the bathrooms but other than that you’re out of luck.
Hingham has a Vintage Baseball league that plays other throw-back teams in Eastern MA. See the post in the To Do section.