New book traces history of Butler’s historic Pullman Park

If you grew up or live near Butler, most probably you are familiar with Pullman Park. Perhaps you attended a baseball game there as a kid, or have taken your grandchildren to a game.

The park has been in existence for more than 85 years. Now, its rich history is being told in a newly released book, Butler’s Diamond in the Rough: Historic Pullman Park 1934 – 2017, researched and edited by Dess Schnur. The book is being published by the Butler County Historical Society and all proceeds from its sale will benefit the society.

The 128-page book offers the most complete history ever compiled about this local landmark. It includes chapters penned by local sports editor John Enrietto, as well as local writers Patrick Reddick, Gary Shingleton and Dess Schnur. The stories recount memories of baseball greats who played at the park, as well as those from coaches, fans, umpires and local residents. The book also includes 115 archival photographs.

Dess was the park’s first facility manager after it was rebuilt in 2008 and is responsible for the framed photos and artifacts that hang in the ballpark’s foyer that have been admired by the thousands of fans who attend games at the park each year. Pullman Park was renamed Kelly Automotive Park in 2014 when its naming rights were purchased.

Butler’s Diamond in the Rough is available in paperback for $22 and hardcover for $32. To order a copy, visit

To learn more, contact Pat Collins at the Butler County Historical Society at (724) 283-8116 or visit The society is located at 123 West Diamond Street in Butler. To learn more about the Butler BlueSox, visit

Kelly Automotive Park (formerly Pullman Park) in Butler. Photo taken from