This 861-pound bronze statue honoring National Baseball Hall of Famer and winningest lefty pitcher ever Warren Spahn stands in a plaza just outside at the right field corner of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Noted Edmond artist Shan Gray sculpted Spahn.

by Darl Devault, Feature Writer

Seniors and their love of Minor League Baseball sat out last season with no crack of the bat, no roar of the crowd to excite the fans. The game is back, but seating is limited due to the pandemic. This makes this early notice to seniors important, so they can buy tickets before they are gone.
Seniors eager for games to begin again at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City need to jump on ticket sales early.
For seniors who played the game in their youth, to those who attended with the youth in their family this important business. Getting to see who is pitching well, who is hitting better is likely to be decided by who buys their single game tickets for April and May home games beginning March 9. Season tickets are available now.
Otherwise it is Internet/radio where award winning Dodgers’ sportscaster Alex Freedman delivers the play-by-play on AM 1340 “The Game” or through the iHeartRadio mobile app.
The Oklahoma City Dodges will play 142 games against nine different opponents in the newly created Triple-A West. The Dodgers open play Thursday, April 8 on the road against the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) in their only matchup for the season.
The 72-home-game season begins Thursday, April 15 against traditional rival Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers). The rest of the season will also see Thursday through Tuesday home stands, as the schedule was designed for Wednesdays off.
“This is the most anticipated season schedule in Oklahoma City baseball history,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “After not being able to have a season last year due to health and safety concerns, this announcement (schedule) is a significant step toward baseball returning to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Last year we saw 16 former OKC players help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series Championship, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”
With the six-game length of each series, the team will have three separate extended 12-game homestands: June 3-15, July 15-27 and Aug. 26-Sept. 7.
The ballpark will open with a reduced capacity from its normal 9,000 sellout count to begin the 2021 season. The Dodgers are working with the OKC-County Health Department on making the fan experience as safe as possible.
To reduce travel to benefit player wellness, all series between the Dodgers and their opponents will be for six games. This will lengthen the season to Sept. 21, with no All-Star game or season ending playoffs.
Independence Day week features games against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels) July 1-6. Labor Day week will also see the team at home in Bricktown Sept. 2-7 versus the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies).
Most of the games will be against teams in the East Division, including Albuquerque, El Paso (San Diego Padres), Round Rock and Triple-A newcomer Sugar Land (Houston Astros). The traditional rivalry with Round Rock continues with 36 matchups in 2021. In addition to Salt Lake, the Dodgers will also host three other members of the West Division: Las Vegas (Oakland A’s), Reno (Arizona Diamondbacks) and Sacramento (San Francisco Giants).
Fan-friendly surroundings at the ballpark is a complete recipe for family fun. The venue offers amenities designed to entertain children of all ages.
Catering to families is what these games are all about at the ballpark. Certain games feature face painting, clowns, jugglers, inflatables, toys, climbing structures. There is plenty of room for kids to play on playground structures and on the grassy hillside.
A Speedball game allows fans to throw a baseball past a radar gun twice to establish an average speed. If they can throw the third ball at the same speed as the average, they win a prize.
The ballpark features an outdoor picnic area in the outfield along the large concourse. It is wide and runs around the entire facility. This allows fans to walk all the way around the park and see every angle of play from all the dimensions of the venue. Parents can attend to their restless little ones and still watch the game by showing them the pitchers warming up in both bullpens from the concourse in the outfield.
Many fans enjoy looking at the history of baseball in Oklahoma portrayed on murals around the concourse. The ballpark also boasts of three larger-than-life bronze statues of Oklahoma’s National Baseball Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench and Warren Spahn.
Again, single-game tickets for April and May home games will go on sale March 9. However, fans can currently buy season ticket packages and/or group outings by calling (405) 218-1000 or by visiting