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Houses of the Enemy - Allie P. Reynolds Stadium

In this week's Stadium Series, Jonathan looks at the home field of the Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball team

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The Cowboys baseball team in Stillwater, Oklahoma has historically been one of the strongest teams in the nation. With 41 appearances in the NCAA tournament, 19 times in the College World Series, and the sixth highest winning percentage in Division 1, the Cowboys have a storied history and a formidable home record, notching over 700 wins in over 30 years at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

Allie Reynolds was a student at the university, when it was known as Oklahoma A&M, in the 1930's as a scholarship track athlete in the javelin throw. The baseball head coach at the time asked Reynolds to throw for the team in practice and proceeded to strike out 4 batters without any warming up. During his senior season in 1938, he led the team to a conference championship. Reynolds went on to have a fantastic MLB career with the Indians and Yankees, with over 1,400 strikeouts, a 6-time All-Star and World Series Champion, as well as throwing two no hitters.

The first game for the stadium named after Reynolds was on April 4, 1981 even though the stadium wasn't officially dedicated until a few weeks later in front of Reynolds and local hero Mickey Mantle. The team won 54 straight home games in the 1986-87 seasons, when they won the Big 8 Conference Tournament and made an appearance in the College World Series. The stadium has hosted 11 Regionals and 1 Super Regional in 2014.

Fun Facts

  • Opened in 1981
  • Original cost of $2.2 million
  • Capacity of 3,821
  • 331 feet to Left Field
  • 398 feet to Center Field
  • 330 feet to Right Field