Macken Field 1 was renamed in 2006 after long time Hornet head baseball coach Tom Bradley. Coach Bradley was an institution for the Hornet program from 1981 to 2002 serving as the baseball team’s longest tenured head coach. His career record was 261-197-2.
Bradley Field is the centerpiece of Macken Park, Northland’s crown jewel park. Located at the corners of Clark Ferguson Drive and Howell Street and just 5 minutes north of downtown KC, this beautifully maintained 60 acre park is home to a variety of park activities such as walking, jogging, picnicking and several other forms of recreation. It features a tree lined 1 mile paved walking / jogging circuit with fitness stops along the way. It also has numerous ball fields, recreation areas and playgrounds.
Bradley Field is on Clark Ferguson Drive. Coach Ferguson’s was North Kansas City’s first modern baseball coach starting the program in 1947 and coaching until the early 1960’s. Ferguson was a passionate advocate for sports coaching multiple sports at Northtown and also helping to found the NKCA youth baseball program.
According to The Baseball Cube, there have been 10 players from Northtown to be drafted by professional baseball. Four of those played in professional baseball and two of those made the major leagues. The late Bill Kelso and Joe Presko.
Special thanks to Bob Hiatt, Jessica Thomas, The City of North Kansas City, and The Hornet’s Buzz for contributions to this page. If you have more Hornet history you’d like to add to this page, please send it to me.