Baseball as been played at Carson Park since 1935 and is currently home to the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League. There most notable former player is Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
In 1994, the city built a statue to commemorate Hank's first professional game in Eau Claire. They went with the younger looking Hank as he would have been when he played in Eau Claire rather than the 755 home run hitting Hank that we all think of in our minds.
Along with Hammerin' Hank's statue, they also have a series of plaques that honor each of the region's baseball legends. Here are a few of my favorites.
First and foremost being my all-time favorite, Andy Pafko.
Tom Poquette played for the Royals and was included in Fred Lynn's 1975 rookie card. In the 1977 set, Topps even gave him the Topps All-Star Rookie Cup award.
Vic Johnson is another local player that made it to the majors with the Red Sox and Indians in the 40's. Unfortunately, he doesn't have any baseball cards that I could obsess over.