Since 1900, the lure of roaring crowds, bitter rivalries, and team spirit has occupied a significant place in the social history of Lincolnton and Lincoln County. This tradition began at Horseshoe Park, where local baseball teams played against opponents from Leir, Morganton, and the mountains of North Carolina. Over time, leagues grew in popularity and teams were added from Boger and Crawford and Glenn Mills, as well as high school teams. Teams such as the Lincolnton Cardinals and Lincolnton Red Sox left lasting legacies. The Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame ensures that the athletes of a bygone era will always be remembered and they can continue to serve as inspiration for future generations of sports players and fans.