Adrian Muzzy was a local businessman who donated the property we now know as Muzzy Field to the Public Welfare Association in Bristol in 1912.
The Public Welfare Association, in turn, gave the land to the City of Bristol which turned it into one of New England’s most historic and beautiful ball parks. Babe Ruth played at the park twice and was the first to hit a home run over the fence in a game, an exhibition in 1919 when he was playing for the Boston Red Sox.
A number of other well-known sports figures have played on the field, including the great NFL coach Vince Lombardi and baseball hall of famers Pie Traynor, Lloyd Waner, Honus Wagner, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Gary Carter as well as thousands of local athletes in a variety of sports.
Muzzy donated the property in memory of two sons who died at very young ages. Those who have played on the field will tell you it’s an honor because of those who played on it before them. Adrian Muzzy’s gift has long been and will continue to be one of Bristol’s greatest treasures.