Simmons Baseball Complex
“As the SIUE athletic director I am excited to host the American Legion Great Lakes Regional Tournament at the Simmons Baseball Complex,” Brad Hewitt explained. “We have developed this beautiful baseball facility over the past 7 years with the ambition to attract great events of this nature. Not only will this expose prospective students and their families from the Midwest to our beautiful campus, it will also have significant economic impact in our community. As a former American Legion baseball player growing up in the Alton area and a former Legion & JR Legion coach in the Missouri , Iowa & Edwardsville, I personally could not be prouder in this opportunity to help perpetuate the great traditions of American Legion Baseball and help facilitate a great experience of “Baseball” for these young athletes.
Roy E. Lee Field is named for former coach Roy Lee, the founder of the SIUE baseball program. Lee amassed 237 wins in 11 seasons as the Cougars’ head coach. He enjoyed nine winning seasons, and finished his career with a .617 winning percentage. Lee put the Cougars into the national spotlight with eight consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships from 1970 to 1977. In three appearances at the Division II College World Series, the Cougars’ best finish was second place in 1976.
SIUE baseball began playing at the current site with the start of the 1972 season.
Major renovations took place in 2004 and again in 2005. The site was transformed from a field to a stadium in 2005, when the grandstand was upgraded to include the brick stadium, permanent restrooms, concession stands, concourse, and entrance gate.
Another round of renovations took place following the 2010 season when the Cougars received a new clubhouse and home dugout. The natural grass infield was replaced with Astro Turf® GameDay Grass in time to play all but three home games on it during the 2011 season. The Astro Turf® surface means less rain-outs, but more importantly more practice time on the field during the offseason. During the summer of 2014 the natural grass outfield also was replaced with Astro Turf® GameDay Grass, and the outfield wall was replaced, making a truly symmetrical outfield.
Renovation to the Simmons Baseball Complex were made possible due to a donation by John Simmons and the Simmons Law Firm.