Eastern League (1919-1930)
Stadium: Wahconah Park
The Pittsfield Hillies were a Depression-era minor league baseball team in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts. They played in the Class A Eastern League and won league titles in 1919 and 1921.
On July 3, 2004 former Major League pitcher and Ball Four author helped promote a vintage baseball game at Wahconah Park (still in use today as one of the oldest ballparks in America). At the time, Bouton was part of a group trying to acquire an independent pro baseball team for Pittsfield, an effort that ultimately fell through. The vintage game featured teams playing as the Hillies and their old Eastern League rivals, the Hartford Senators. The exhibition attracted around 5,000 fans and was broadcast live on ESPN Classic with Bill “Spaceman” Lee as the color man.
Re-matches were played in Hartford later that July and back again at Wahconah in September. You can still download a copy of the Wahconah Park Times game programs for these exhibitions at Bouton’s website here: