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The Burlington Fire

The recent fire at West Michigan’s ballyard set me to searching for coverage of the only comparable event in Midwest League history, the fire at Community Field in Burlington, Iowa, on June 8, 1971. The best treatment I could locate was in the Des Moines Register on June 10.

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Ballparks Then and Now by Eric Enders: a short review

Excellent pictures. But not otherwise worth your time.

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“Father of Army Baseball”

The 11/29/1940 Dallas Evening News (my thanks to GenealogyBank) tells me that R.H. Johnson’s military career mostly occurred during WWI, as an enlisted man in Artillery, which was before his West Point stint. At the USMA he was quite active in sports, including baseball; he captained the basketball team. Johnson subsequently served for a few years as a ROTC instructor in the NYC area before resigning his commission to enter the banking business on Wall Street. In 1929 he founded R.H. Johnson & Company, and in 1947 began Franklin Investments.

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Wrigley Field by Stuart Shea: a review

This is a book mainly about the northside ballpark, and about the team executives who’ve been responsible for maintaining it. Although many ballgames are described, and seasons are summarized, the Cubs (and the ChiFeds who first resided here) are not the book’s subject. This is not a shortcoming, but is occasionally disconcerting.

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Cradle of the Game by Mark Cryan: a short review

Well-executed but nonetheless fairly typical tourist-oriented ballpark guide. A few of the ballyards are not currently involved in anything resembling an organized league.

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Cooley Stadium!

My preferred name for Lansing’s ballyard would be The REO Diamond. But it’s not gonna happen.

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The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip by Josh Pahigian: a short review

The Fodor book is better, though the coverage is less complete. Some of the older, similar, books are far better.

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On to Nicollet by Stew Thornley: a short review

Good, solid overview of the history of the Millers. Wish Stew would do a similar book on the Saints.

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MOV League, August, 1949

What really caught my eye, here was the Belleville ballpark information. Cathedral High is long-gone, now, but a little investigation shows that it was located roughly where St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is–Fifth and Lincoln. And this certainly looks like the remnant of a minor league ballpark.

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Dodger Dogs to Fenway Franks by Bob Wood: a short review

It’s an OK book, in general, as much about the trip and his life as it is about the ballparks.

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