A ‘FIERY’ DEBATE
Brenham Fire Department was organized under the pretense of protecting the community from fire; but in reality was a way to defend it from the Union soldiers. The story begins with a heated exchange between Union soldiers and local citizens in September 1866. The soldiers, part of an infantry company stationed in Brenham during Reconstruction, took issue with comments made in the local newspaper and set the town on fire – not once, but twice! The department’s history has been intertwined with the City ever since.
In November 1883, the Mechanics Engine Company No. 1 and the Hook and Ladder Company No.1 purchased 14 acres of land from Pocahontas Higgins through his guardian, David B. Williams. Together, these two companies paid $80 per acre for a total of $1,160. The tract of land was named Fireman’s Park, a name it still proudly holds today. It was deeded to Brenham Fire Department in 1884 and eventually the Fire Department deeded it to the City in 1917 “for cancellation of the department’s indebtedness to the city.”
...AND THEY WILL COME
The field has been in use since the early 1900s and has seen its fair share of memories. Fireman’s Park has been home to the Brenham Maifest, a popular German festival, since 1881 and was the original site of the Washington County Fair; Nolan Ryan pitched against the Cubs at Fireman’s Park in 1965; and legend has it that the field was once the site of the Texas A&M and University of Texas alumni baseball games.
Fireman’s Park was also used by Texas A&M University and Southwestern University who played on the field during the 1916 Brenham Maifest. The Blinn College Baseball team has also played games at Fireman’s Park.
And of course, the Brenham Cubs Baseball team is proud to call historic Fireman’s Park Home Field. The park has been named one of the nicest high school ballparks in America and received national recognition over the years.
THE ORIGINAL “DYNASTY”
Brenham is the Baseball Capital of Texas, and the Brenham Cubs Baseball program is just as storied as their legendary baseball field.
The 1950s saw the dawn of the Brenham Cubs Baseball dynasty. In 60 plus years, the Cubs have made 54 appearances in the State playoffs, beginning with the inaugural 1952 team. Thirty of those appearances have been consecutive starting with the 1985 Cubs and continuing through the 2013 season.
The Brenham Cubs have also made a record 16 State Tournament appearances, claiming the State Championship title seven times. The Cubs have had 37 players drafted by Major League Baseball since 1967 and countless Brenham Cubs have continued their baseball careers playing in colleges and universities across the country.
Join us each spring as the baseball season gears up and the Cubs take the field. We invite you to be a part of the magic that is Fireman’s Park.
Please feel free to share your Fireman’s Park stories and photos with us at: BrenhamHSBaseball@gmail.com.
Thanks to the City of Brenham for sharing her Fireman’s Park history with us for this page.
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