Review by Mike
Sherman Field in Lincoln, Nebraska has a long and venerable history, having played host to various minor league teams throughout the decades, notably the Lincoln A's and the Lincoln Chiefs of the Western League, a AAA circuit in the 1940s and 1950s.
Opened in 1947, the Sherman Field that now hosts high school and American Legion baseball has been nicely renovated and pared down to a size more appropriate for the level of baseball it now hosts. The lovely roof still extends beyond 1st and 3rd base, but the outer sections of seating down each line has been removed to make way for new, field-level dugouts. You can still see the structural steel that once supported the seating deck.
Any additional bleacher seating that may have increased the capacity is long-since gone, replaced by a new clubhouse for the players along the 3rd base line. The main entrance has also been spruced up nicely, compared to some older photos I have seen. The new stone and timber structure is bright and clean and welcoming.
There are some attractive historical displays on the back of the grandstand behind home plate that tell the story of baseball in Lincoln, the state capital. A large, glass-enclosed press box sits at the top of the grandstand behind home plate, looking very modern in the old ballpark. With grain silos and railroad tracks as a backdrop, the setting is 100% Nebraska. It's been a very long time since professional baseball was played at Sherman, but I am heartened by the community's commitment to maintain this historic old ballpark, providing a truly splendid environment for the young stars of Lincoln to hone their skills.