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Beaumont Field

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Description: Beaumont Field, Burlington, Wisconsin USA -- Named after Burlington native Clarence "Ginger" Beaumont, the first hitter in the first World Series in 1903. This lovely little ballpark beside Echo Lake is the site of a former brickworks, and is home to the Burlington HS Demons and offers a venue for other teams.

Ginger Beamont (1876-1956) was one of the most prolific hitters in early 20th Century Major League Baseball, playing most of his big league career as an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates, later the Boston Braves and Chicago Cubs. From 1900-1904, Ginger led the National League in hittng three times and scored 100 runs four times. Ginger is the first ballplayer to lead his league in hitting for three consecutive seasons, since accomplished by only five other players. Beaumont also was the 1902 NL batting champion with a .357 average.

Fleet of foot, Ginger also tallied many stolen bases, his speed, agility and quickness enhancing his defensive play, as well. He was once clocked from home to first at an amazing 4.4 seconds, despite playing at 190 lbs and being 5'8" tall.

When he retired from baseball Ginger returned to the Burlington area, to his 180-acre "Centerfield Farm" in nearby Honey Lake, Wisconsin. His earthly remains are buried in Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Wisconsin, under a very modest, easily overlooked marker.

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