SoCal Trip in the Books; Another Site About the Ultimate Baseball Roadtrip

Just back from a great trip with games taken in in Anaheim, Lake Elsinore (Single A affiliate for San Diego), Los Angeles, and San Diego. Reviews and galleries should be up in a week or so.

While I have been making the rounds to all the MLB parks and some MiLB parks via annual road trips with four or five stops, four guys from Philly decided to complete the entire journey of 30 parks in 30 days. Check out their site at 30ballparks30days.com and pick up their book (it’s up next on my reading list). They also have a video coming out about their adventure. Very cool.

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Siebert Field (U. of Minnesota)

Changed things up with a visit to a college ballpark last week. Great time to do it with the opening weekend of the University of Minnesota’s newly renovated Siebert Field. Enjoyed a Big Ten pitchers’ duel with the Gophers topping Ohio St. 1-0. The weather has been terrible this spring but outdoor baseball with a blanket and hot chocolate still beats being in the Metrodome.

2013 MLB: The Journey from 1/2 to 2/3

My 2013 baseball schedule is starting to take shape. I’ve currently been to exactly half of the 30 MLB parks, and this year should give me a push past the two thirds mark. Catching up with MBA friends on a So. Cal. trip will take me to Angel Stadium, Dodger Stadium, and Petco Park. Should have a chance to hit Marlins Park when in Miami in May. September vacation includes stops at O.Co and AT&T. Also looking forward to Opening Day (my first) for a return to Target Field.

Recommended Read: The Works of Roger Kahn

The late ’40s and early ’50s were undeniably a fascinating time in the history of baseball. The players, the managers, the characters…add in the detailed insights of legendary writer Roger Kahn and you almost feel like you are sitting at Ebbets Field. If you want to get a thorough feel for the game and its place in America after WWII, I recommend both The Boys of Summer (which chronicles Kahn’s time as the beat writer for the Brooklyn Dodgers) and The Era: 1947-1957 (in which Kahn meanders from storyline to storyline about a magical decade of baseball in New York).

New Year…Ready for Baseball

My posts were too infrequent in 2012 – got busy with relocating after finishing graduate school. Finally updated site from road trip in April – there are new pages for the minor league parks in Des Moines, Omaha, and Springfield and additional photos on the Miller Park and Kauffman Stadium pages.

For 2013, aiming for a southern California road trip that will include San Diego, L.A., and Anaheim. Also looking to get stops in at San Francisco and Miami during the first half of the baseball season. Maybe get to a few more minor league parks later in the season.

It’s Spring! (Almost Time to Visit Ballparks)

With baseballs in the air in Arizona and Florida, it’s time to look at the schedule and figure out where Yards of Summer will make it this spring. An April road trip will include a return trip to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City as well as first trips to three minor league parks – Hammons Field (Springfield, MO); Werner Park (Omaha, NE); and Principal Park (Des Moines, IA).

I’m also planning a few quick trips to other parks in the region, including Fox Cities Stadium (Appleton, WI), Veterans Memorial Stadium (Cedar Rapids, IA), and Coveleski Stadium (South Bend, IN).

Finally, a potential road trip in May could lead to games in Philly, Baltimore, and D.C.

Recommended Read: Forever Blue

Forever Blue by Michael D’Antonio offers a detailed look, and balanced approach to, the tale of the Brooklyn Dodgers and owner Walter O’Malley. More than just a biography of O’Malley, the book looks at the role of the Dodgers in Brooklyn and all the characters involved with the organization during the 1940s and 1950s. From Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the Majors to general manager Branch Rickey’s exploits, D’Antonio brings the legends of baseball past to life. A good read in itself, Forever Blue leaves you wanting to learn more about one of baseball’s most storied eras.