THEN & NOW: Duncan Field lights

Doane and Morningside play under the new lights at
Duncan Field Thursday night.

Then: Lights and a spacious outfield were two of the things that set Duncan Field apart from other baseball venues when the park was dedicated under the name of Pershing Field on Sept. 3, 1940.

Initially named for World War I Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, the field was renamed Duncan Field in 1948 to honor local Legion baseball promoter Don Duncan Sr.

Back then, Hastings' ballpark was only one of a few that actually had lights so games could be played at night.

Now: The eight towers that lit hundreds of ballgames through the years were removed this week and replaced by six state-of-the art lights, substantially opening up the outfield area where the old towers once stood.

Hastings College baseball coach Jim Boeve saw the new lights shine during a game for the first time on Tuesday. His first impression: The tower-free outfield area is a vast space, indeed.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

Copyright © 2014