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Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium

Maryland Athletics
4-9-2013
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Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium has been the home of the Maryland baseball team for 64 years. The field was moved to its current location in 1952, and became Shipley Field in 1956.

It is located right in the heart of the Maryland campus, in between Maryland Stadium and the Artificial Turf Facility. Currently, it has a seating capacity of 2,500. Its playing surface is FieldTurf (dirt mound) and the dimensions are 320 down the left field line, 380 to center and 325 down the right field line.

After Maryland’s record breaking 42-win season and second consecutive Super Regional appearance in 2015, Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium received the following enhancements.

-       Installation of an all turf FieldTurf surface to replace the previous Sportexe Synthetic Turf in the infield and Bermuda Grass in the outfield. Maryland had been the only team in the Big Ten with a turf infield/grass outfield and the improvement will allow Maryland Baseball to keep competitive in the landscape of the conference.

-       The installation of drainage under the all synthetic turf field, which allowed for a quicker resumption of play or practice after inclement weather.

-       A new closed off bullpen for the home team was created for the players to warm up in a closed off area within the left field foul territory. The home and visitor bullpens are now turf, with the exception of the mounds, which are dirt.

-       The outfield wall was redone to increase distance and make the batters eye part of the park. The new wall will also give a better look for fans, with enhanced graphics featuring Maryland’s recent rise to baseball prominence.   

“These improvements to our home park will provide our players one of the top surfaces in the country to perform on.” head coach John Szefc said about the enhancements. “The new FieldTurf surface and improvements to the wall and bullpen will also provide a more aesthetically pleasing venue for our fans. This is a great step forward for our program.”

In 2014, Shipley Field served as the home for one of the best teams in Maryland history. The Terps posted a 40-23 record en route to a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1971 and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. Inside Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, Maryland posted a 21-7 record a year ago and won nine of its 14 home conference games.

In 1982, Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium was the site of an exhibition game between the Terps and Earl Weaver's Baltimore Orioles. Eight years later, in 1990, the Soviet baseball team paid a visit to Shipley Field to take on the Terps in an exhibition series.

Shipley Field has been hosting night games since a set of permanent lights were installed prior to the 1994 season.

Shipley Field is named after legendary Terps' coach H. Burton Shipley, who was the Maryland skipper from 1924-1960.

The Terps have played well over the years at Shipley Field. The Terrapins are 645-426-7 (.602) all-time at Shipley Field and have posted numerous victories against top-25 teams in the 63 years of the field's existence.


Year-By-Year at Shipley Field (Since 1965)
Year    Overall Rec.   Conf. Rec.
1965    14-3           8-0
1966    7-4            4-1
1967    8-4            3-3
1968    11-2           6-2
1969    12-2           8-2
1970    13-5           8-3
1971    8-3            4-1
1972    9-2            6-2
1973    7-2            3-3
1974    5-4            4-2
1975    8-4            4-1
1976    11-3-1         4-1
1977    8-4-1          4-1-1
1978    6-3            1-3
1979    8-8            3-3
1980    11-0           5-0
1981    16-3           6-0
1982    6-1            2-0
1983    9-6            3-3
1984    8-2-2          4-1
1985    12-12          3-6
1986    12-8-1         3-4
1987    10-8-1         3-3
1988    12-5           4-4
1989    14-7           4-4
1990    16-12          1-7
1991    18-9           1-5
1992    24-9           4-3
1993    15-8           2-7
1994    15-11-1        4-8
1995    11-16          1-11
1996    13-11          4-8
1997    13-14          3-9
1998    16-10          4-8
1999    10-18          1-10
2000    14-13          5-7
2001    9-16           3-9
2002    25-8           6-6
2003    11-16          2-10
2004    15-14          2-10
2005    14-17          3-12
2006    18-10          5-10
2007    17-14          3-12
2008    20-12          5-10
2009    21-9            6-9
2010    11-20          2-13
2011    14-16          3-12
2012    19-10          6-9
2013    20-12	  6-9
2014    21-7	          9-5 
Totals  645-426-7      198-262-1

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