History of Billy Hebert Field
Billy Hebert Field has a capacity of 6,000 people and opened in 1953. Prior to its opening, the land upon which the field is built had been used for baseball since the late 19th century. In 1927, Oak Park Field was constructed. After the field's grandstand was destroyed by fire for a second time, the modern-day grandstand was built in 1953.
The field is named after Billy Hebert, the first resident of Stockton and professional baseball player to be killed in World War II. William J. "Billy" Hebert was born in Stockton, California on December 20, 1919. Known for his scrappy play, the infielder's diamond talents were first showcased with the Karl Ross post American Legion team. Hebert's final year in American Legion ball was in 1936, and he captained the team. Hebert was then signed by the Merced Bears of the California League for the 1941 season. He had an exceptional year batting .328 in 130 games to lead the team. Hebert led the league in double plays by second basemen and a bright future in baseball seemed to be on the horizon for the 21-year-old. Shortly after the season ended, Hebert entered military service in the Navy.
In 1951, Oak Park was renamed Billy Hebert Field. It burned down two years later and the new ball park, still called Billy Hebert Field, is the one that stands today in the grounds of Oak Park.
In 1953, Billy Hebert Field was the original home to the Stockton Ports Minor League Baseball team. Notable players who have taken the field are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Gary Sheffield, and Dave Henderson. It reamined the Stockton Ports home field until 2005, when Banner Island Ballpark was built.
Additionally, Billy Hebert Field has been used as a practice facility for the Stockton Lightning minor Arena League football team as well the home field for the University of the Pacific baseball team.
Billy Hebert Field Notable Players: Don Baylor, Bobby Grich, Cal Eldred, Gary Sheffield, Dave Henderson, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig
JD and Danielle Hardcastle were commissioned by the City of Stockton to restore the historical Billy Hebert Complex and provide an affordable, quality venue for the youth of the community.
Billy Hebert Stadium field, Dodie Healy Field and Kay Coe Field have all been upgraded with new infield artificial turf, along the installation of cameras for live game streaming for fans to watch the games from home. One of the most impressive renovations is the addition of the new batting cages, which includes live video replay and Hitrax, the first and only baseball simulator. Furthermore, a new fully equipped weight room has been added to the complex. Billy Hebert Stadium, the two auxiliary fields and batting cages are all available for rent.
Today, Billy Hebert Complex hosts tournaments throughout the year with players coming from both Southern and Northern California. Billy Hebert Complex is listed on the Northern California Travel Ball, NCTB, website along with the dates and registration information of upcoming tournaments. Local Stockton charter high schools utilize the complex for many of their home games.
The prestigious local travel ball team, Club All Star, currently trains at the Billy Hebert Complex. Club All Star has 9 teams, ranging from ages 11 to a College Development Program. Distinguished Club All Star alumni include Aaron Judge, Dean Kremer, Barry Enright and more who have all made it the show.
Newly Remodeled Fields and Youth baseball Tournaments every weekend!
charter high schools use for field for home field.