Jay Littleton Ballpark: a star on the field and in the big screen

Photo collage courtesy of Ontario Heritage

Photo collage courtesy of Ontario Heritage

Jay Littleton Ballpark is currently serving as the site for the Senior Little League Western Regional Tournament until Aug. 9. Did you know it was the backdrop for “A League of their Own,” and even the big leagues?

The 78-year-old ballpark has a rich history in the game which includes serving as a backdrop for movies and spring training.

Here’s some facts about the ballpark from historical group Ontario Heritage:

“The Ontario Ballpark had been constructed in 1935 through the funding of the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) and the sponsorship of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The first game played at the ballpark was on March 14, 1937 between the Los Angeles Angels and the local team, the Ontario Merchants. Teams from the Pacific Coast League such as the Los Angeles Angels as well as Major League Baseball teams like the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, and the Pittsburg Pirates all played at the ballpark during their Spring training in Southern California. Local organizations that mostly used the park post WWII are The Colt League, American Legion, American Baseball Congress, Minor League Baseball, and Little League baseball. The ballpark has also been featured in several movies and other television specials including, “A League of Their Own” and “Babe Ruth Story”.”

Follow Ontario Heritage on Facebook for more fun facts about the city of Ontario.

And visit www.dailybulletin.com/sports for all the little league action in Ontario and San Bernardino. Here’s a photo gallery from earlier in the week.

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