South Bend Mayor Roger Parent announced in March 1985 that the city planned to build a minor league baseball stadium in downtown South Bend. Robert and Debbie Staley, from Decatur, Ill., had met with the mayor and decided that South Bend would be the perfect location for the Midwest League expansion team they had recently purchased. It was thought that the new stadium would serve as an economic catalyst for downtown South Bend. Local business and community leaders also anticipated that the rising popularity of minor league baseball would help bring more people into the city. The stadium cost $11 million to build; construction was completed by April 1987. The name for the new ballpark, Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium, was inspired by Baseball Hall of Famer and one-time South Bend resident, Stanley Coveleski. The stadium quickly became known as “The Cove,” and the South Bend White Sox started playing there in 1988. Following new ownership of the team in 1990, the team’s name was changed to the South Bend Silver Hawks as a tribute to the Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile, once manufactured in South Bend. Following the 2011 season, Andrew Berlin became the owner of the team. Shortly after, in 2013, Four Winds Field was established. After the conclusion of the 2014 season, the team changed affiliations from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Chicago Cubs, and the team name was then changed to the South Bend Cubs. A bronze memorial of Stanley Coveleski stands at the main entrance of Four Winds Field.
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