From 1928 until 1974, The University of Texas boasted one of the most visually interesting baseball parks in the country.
The limestone outcrops and cliffs of Austin, Texas — and westward into the Texas Hill Country — are distinctive and beautiful. Only recently did I stumble upon a photo depicting their presence across the outfield of my alma mater’s old baseball diamond.
The face of the outcrop varied from 12-to-30-feet in height — a home field advantage if there ever was one. Opposing teams couldn’t possibly anticipate the odd bounces off of the limestone as well as could the Longhorns.
Meanwhile, the scoreboard sat atop “Billy Goat Hill.”
Hits landing on the hill were considered in play. And the Texas players knew best how to reach them in a hurry.
It wasn’t uncommon for two, UT outfielders to position themselves atop and behind the cliff — with the other two remaining below.
The University of Texas won 37 Southwest Conference baseball championships while calling Clark Field home. Plus, two College World Series championships.
Bonus Fun Fact: It’s said that Lou Gehrig hit a 550-foot home run far over “Billy Goat Hill” during a 1930 exhibition game.