Nestled between present-day Ponce City Market and the Ponce portion of the BeltLine used to be “the finest park in the minors.” Ponce de Leon Park was home field for the Atlanta Crackers, Atlanta’s minor league team from 1901-1965, which dissolved when the Braves moved from Milwaukee in 1966.
The all-wooden ballpark opened in 1907, but was destroyed by a mysterious fire in 1923. Gone were the Crackers’ uniforms, team records and trophies.
The team finished out the season at Georgia Tech. Though the field was rebuilt, the team still left for the Atlanta Stadium in 1966.
– Emily Tracy, The 100 Companies