James Hoyt Wilhelm Park

19018 Smith Circle, Cornelius, NC28031 Dawn to dusk | Dawn to 11 p.m. for lighted facilities | Closed during school hours

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  • Baseball / Softball Fields (4)
  • Basketball Court
  • Multi-Purpose Field
  • Playground
  • Restroom Building
  • .25 Mile Paved Walking Track

Interested in reserving a field?  Visit our rental information page.


Mr. Wilhelm began his baseball career playing for Cornelius High School, on the grounds where the new park now stands. He joined the US Army in World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, earning a Purple Heart. Even though he lived the remainder of his life with shrapnel embedded in his back, after the war he went on to play Major League Baseball for 21 years. He pitched his knuckle ball in the 1954 World Series, was selected as an All Star in three different decades, and was elected to the MLB Hall of Fame in 1985. 

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