Some of the best amateur baseball in the U. S. is on view in Farmington, New Mexico when the Connie Mack World Series comes to town this year, August 1-8. Since 1965 Farmington, a bustling community lying in the scenic rivers and mesas of the Four Corners, has hosted this top-notch baseball world series.
The Connie Mack World Series fields teams of highly talented 16-to-18 year-old baseball players and the series regularly draws major-league scouts. The roster of professional players who played in Farmington includes current top players Manny Ramirez and Ken Griffey. Cal Ripken, Jr., Edgar Martinez, Ivan Rodriguez, Barry Larkin, Ozzie Smith and Derek Jeter are all products of the Connie Mack program.
Farmington folks know how to please the fans. A host of local sponsors, city staff, and volunteers come together year after year to make this event a crowd pleaser. Approximately 80,000 fans attend the series each year. The series is played in an award-winning 6,100 seat stadium, Ricketts Park, developed through volunteer effort and community donations and now operated by the City of Farmington. Local motels and restaurants roll out the welcome mat for fans and players and the City provides a shuttle service from distant parking lots from 4:00 p.m. until 30 minutes after the last game each evening.
Farmington is the retail hub of the Four Corners offering numerous hotels, motels and bed and breakfast’s and a wide range of restaurants. It’s a comfortable place to visit and a great place to scope out America’s next power hitter.
For an extended “seventh inning stretch” visitors can take in the Four Corners scenic attractions, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and the Four Corners Monument are all near. Farmington also offers world-class fly fishing, spectacular off-road biking and one of the top municipal golf courses in the nation, Pinon Hills.