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Oscar Charleston Park

About Oscar Charleston Park

Oscar Charleston Park features two baseball diamonds with lighting, seats, a covered shelter, concessions, and athletic facilities for various levels of baseball play. The park also has a futsal pitch, tennis courts, and several shelters.

An esteemed baseball player, Oscar Charleston was born and raised in Indianapolis along with his 10 brothers and sisters and was one of the most influential contributors to the Negro League baseball teams—an all-Black baseball league during the segregation era—here in Indianapolis. Charleston spent 33 seasons playing for and managing the Indianapolis ABCs, the Chicago American Giants as well as other Negro League Teams. He retired from baseball in 1945 and went to work as a baggage handler for the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 1976, Charleston’s contributions to baseball were recognized through his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Future improvements will include a new playground with slides, awnings, swings, and a paved walking path.  

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