Red, White, and Blue Sox in Covington

July 02, 2021

Federal Field Covington

A version of this post originally appeared on the Baker-Hunt Blog

It is no secret that Covington is rich in the history of our nation, as well as history of its own. We mostly hear of this through the decorated war history or successful businesses of the city’s neighborhoods. However, Covington also has some lighter All-American history.

Covington was actually once the home of a (soon-to-be) major league baseball team called the Covington Blue Sox. Their presence in the rebel Federal League only lasted half a year. The franchise was awarded after other towns backed out of the potential third major league, which spent its inaugural season as minor league. 

Their first, and only, opening day was May 9th, 1913. The day was considered a holiday, with businesses closed and festivities spanning the neighborhood. There were over 6,000 people in attendance at Federal Field (also known as Riverbreeze Field), which was on the block bounded by East 2nd Street, East 3rd Street, Madison Avenue and Scott Boulevard. Today that land is occupied by the Kenton County Justice Center, the Transportation Authority of Northern Kentucky, an office building, and a parking lot. 

The Blue Sox won that game over the St. Louis Terriers  4-0. However, the opening day attendance was the largest crowd they drew. In June, the league voted to move the team to Kansas City. The following year, the Federal League declared itself a major league in direct competition with the American and National Leagues. Though the Blue Sox only lasted a few months, it is fun to imagine how different life would be in Covington had the Blue Sox stuck around.

About the author: Hannah Wilson is a former Cincy Shirts employee who now lives in Cleveland.

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