Tinker Field was given its name in honor of Joe Tinker, a retired Chicago Cubs player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Tinker left his mark on Orlando when he moved to the city in 1920 and became involved in the Florida State Baseball League.
Originally constructed in 1923, Tinker Field is the most historic of all the Orlando Venues entertainment and sports venues. Tinker Field has seen a lot of baseball played on its turf, including stints as home field for minor league teams like the Orlando Bulldogs, Orlando Twins, Orlando Cubs and the Orlando Rays. Major League Baseball teams like the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and Minnesota Twins have also utilized the field for spring training camps.
Over the decades, Tinker Field has also hosted major iconic figures like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke at the field in a 1964 rally, and Jack Kerouac, who would often enjoy games from the left field bleachers. It seems fitting then, that such an important venue in our city’s history would also be a member of the National Register of Historic Places. Tinker Field serves as a testament to Orlando’s rich and illustrious sports and entertainment history.