Photo taken on July 8th, 2015, while attending a Northwoods League game between the Eau Claire Express and the Rochester Honkers. This is an exterior photo of Carson Park, showing the statue of Hank Aaron. Carson Park is home of the Eau Claire Express, The Eau Claire Cavaliers, and the Eau Claire Bears. To call this park historic would be an understatement. It was built in 1937, and has has hosted the likes of Joe Torre, Hank Aaron and even Bob Uecker. While it has undergone much needed renovations in recent years, the locals were smart enough to keep the historic elements of the ballpark intact--thus it is a nostalgic ballpark, but not "old."
From the Northwoods League Website:
"The Carson Park diamond was host to professional baseball from 1937 to 1942 with the Eau Claire Bears and 1946 to 1962 with the Eau Claire Braves, both playing in the old Northern League where many Major League players of the era got their start. Any local baseball an (at least over the age of 40) can recite a long list of past baseball stars who graced the Carson Park baseball diamond. Future Milwaukee Braves who got their start with the Eau Claire franchise included Bill Bruton, Wes Covington, Andy Pafko, Joe Torre and even Mr. Baseball-Bob Uecker.
In 1952, the Eau Claire Bears roster included a rookie shortstop from Alabama who led the Northern League in hitting. Nobody would have guessed 61 years ago that this youngster, by the name of Henry Aaron, would go on to break Babe Ruth's career homerun mark and etch his name in history forever.
On August 17, 1994, Aaron returned to Eau Claire and Carson Park to celebrate the unveiling of a statue depicting him as the 18 year-old shortstop for the Eau Claire Bears. Over 5,000 fans jammed the Carson Park baseball stadium and surrounding areas to greet Hammerin' Hank that day."