With its iconic wood grandstand reminiscent of classic old-time baseball, Leary Field has a rich history and tradition for hosting the Seacoast area’s top athletes. Originally named South Playground, it was home to the Portsmouth Baseball Club and the Atlantic Corporation in the late 1800s. With a dream team of players including Portsmouth’s hometown hero Walter Wood, who would go on to play major league ball for the Chicago Orphans, Louisville Colonels, and Pittsburgh Pirates, the Atlantic Corporation was considered a powerhouse in Seacoast area baseball. South Playground then played host to the Sunset League, the oldest amateur baseball league in the nation, and eventually in 1956 was renamed Leary Field after Portsmouth Mayor John J. Leary.
Leary Field is located in a family-friendly neighborhood setting within easy walking distance to downtown Portsmouth’s many high quality shops, restaurants, inns, and hotels. Named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by ForbesTraveler.com and ranked fourth on Outside Magazine’s “Top 20 Towns in America,” Portsmouth is nationally recognized as a top family vacation destination and the crown jewel of the Seacoast area.