Fred Handler Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newly-renovated Fred Handler Park at McGraw-Jennings Field was officially dedicated on September 9, 2006 and serves as the new and improved home of St. Bonaventure baseball.


Named after longtime Bonnies baseball coach Fred Handler, the field was converted from natural grass to state-of-the-art Sport Turf XP. The project also included new 50-foot long sunken dugouts, new bullpens and new fencing around the entire facility, including an extended backstop behind home plate.

Thomas Marra '80, who played baseball under Handler and is a current member of the University's Board of Trustees, donated $900,000 to The Anniversary Campaign for St. Bonaventure which was embarked for the baseball program, enabling the renovation to become a reality.

Handler is a member of St. Bonaventure's Athletics Hall of Fame. He also was an assistant basketball coach at St. Bonaventure for 10 years (1960-70) and served as a professor of physical education from 1959 until his retirement in 1997.

Home to the baseball team for over McGraw-Jennings Field was first dedicated on October 11, 1958 for John McGraw and Hugh Jennings, who coached baseball at St. Bonaventure between 1892 and 1895 as well as attended the University during the off-seasons of their professional baseball careers. Both McGraw and Jennings are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The baseball complex also features an elevated press box behind home plate, in which game operations personnel as well as radio talent work on game days. The dimensions of Fred Handler Park stretch 330 feet down the left and right field lines, 367 foot power alleys and 403 feet to straight away center field.

St. Bonaventure baseball fans are recognized as some of the best in the Atlantic 10 Conference as hundreds of students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community flock to the hill side seating during the spring. Their creative brand of support includes game day tailgate parties and boisterous, but respectful cheers for their Bonnies. The environment at Fred Handler Park provides a terrific atmosphere to watch collegiate baseball and plays a major role in the club's success.

The Buffalo News recognized Handler Park by naming it one of the Top 10 most beautiful settings to watch a baseball game in New York State. With views of the Enchanted Mountains in the backdrop, it's hard to argue with that claim.