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7. Handlan's Park
Marchetti Towers at Saint Louis University, 3530 Laclede Avenue
Handlan's Park (also known as Federal League Park) was home to the St. Louis Terriers of the short-lived Federal League. Among the former major-leaguers on the Terriers' roster were future Hall of Fame pitchers Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown and Eddie Plank. The Terriers finished in last place in the league's inaugural 1914 season but improved to second place in their second — and final — season. The Negro League St. Louis Giants and that franchise's successor, the St. Louis Stars, played in Handlan's Park. Interestingly, the park was called only by its location (Laclede Park) when the Negro League teams played there. The site is now occupied by Saint Louis University housing.
8. Stars Park
South Compton and Laclede avenues (southeast corner)
In 1922 the St. Louis Giants of the Negro National League became the St. Louis Stars. The Stars played in their own stadium — one of the few Negro League teams to make that claim — a 10,000-seat park on what is now the property of Harris-Stowe State University. Among the Stars' stars were the power-hitting first baseman George "Mule" Suttles and James "Cool Papa" Bell, and the team won titles in 1928 and 1930. The Negro National League folded during the 1931 season, and the Stars, in first place at the time, were awarded a sort of posthumous pennant.
9. GCS Stadium
2301 Grizzlie Bear Boulevard, Sauget, Illinois
The Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League have called GCS Stadium home since 2002. The 6,000-seat ballpark is known for its unusual culinary offerings, which include "Baseball's Best Burger," a bacon cheeseburger served between two halves of a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut, and "Baseball's Best Slider," a battered and deep-fried White Castle burger.
10. T.R. Hughes Ballpark
900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O'Fallon
T.R. Hughes Ballpark opened in 1999 as the home of the River City Rascals of the independent Frontier League. Designed by HOK Sport, the Kansas City firm that has designed many of the current crop of major-league stadiums, it seats approximately 3,500 spectators.