Welcome to historic Rathert Stadium! You will be in awe when you walk into one of the most historic baseball stadiums in the Midwest, complete with plenty of modern updates, including a new bathroom. Rathert Stadium opened its doors in 1937 as part of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. Built with strength and character, the structure boasts beautiful limestone quarried from the local Junction City, Kansas region. With the help of city of Junction City, Rathert Stadium has been restored to its original luster and is now known as one of the finest and most historic ballparks in all of Kansas.
Rathert has played host to many up and coming stars in its lifetime. The field has seen many players that went on to play in college, Minor League Baseball, and even the Major League Baseball. The Negro Leagues Baseball had many stars play at Rathert Stadium, including superstar John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil.
In 2005, the Lucas Family brought the Junction City Generals to Rathert Stadium and played competitive summer league collegiate baseball. Along with the city of Junction City, they further developed Rathert Stadium and added additional seating, a beer garden and multiple elevated wood decks for patrons. The Generals provided a family atmosphere and great baseball for Junction City for five consecutive years.
After experiencing the void of summer baseball at Rathert Stadium in 2011 and 2012, the Junction City Community Baseball Club was formed. This club was made up of six local men with aspirations to bring back a true asset to the city they loved. Soon, the Junction City Brigade was formed. The Junction City Brigade began competitive summer league collegiate baseball on Opening Day, June 1, 2013.