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Green Cathedrals, by Phil Lowry: a short review

This is the original, and in many ways the best, edition of Phil Lowry’s Green Cathedrals. The subsequent editions have more information, and have corrected some errors. This edition’s the prototype, and generally more interesting.

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A Tree Behind Second

The Charleston [WVA] Charlies were jolted a mite when they walked into Watt Powell Park in Charleston upon returning from spring training to find a huge pine tree growing directly behind second base.

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Dubuque: New Ballpark

Some stories just never quite quit. Posted the following on MWLguide yesterday; thought I’d put it here, too, in case someone wants to comment….

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Ballgame

West Michigan’s 5/3 BP is not what I’d call a charming yard–really it’s just a big bowl–but it’s a comfortable place.  Kinda like an old sofa.  The Caps don’t really do things differently from the other successful minor league organizations, but they work harder on the ballpark ambiance.  Lansing, in a more interesting ballyard and with a similarly excellent staff, produces a harder-edged experience that’s more exciting but less cozy.  In Battle Creek, the ballpark layout and the small crowds force a focus on the game, which works well for me but less well for the business.  That I think all three are worthwhile should be pretty obvious.

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Ground Rules

Two events from last night’s Fort Wayne/Battle Creek game involved the ground rules at C.O. Brown Stadium.  Both generated some controversy.

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Foul Ball: into the stands

Fans, chasing a foul ball at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek. Summer of 1998.

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