Welcome to Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 through 1957:
lower deck on the 3rd base side had a double cross-aisle as well, and it doesn’t look like the ushers were quick to kick people out:
I haven’t been getting out much lately. The book has completely taken over my life. I’ve taken three days off from it since December 16th, and as I mentioned last week on Twitter, I survived a stretch of voluntary home confinement that reached 153 consecutive hours.
Smarter, then you know I have a two-page section in Chapter 9 called “Unwritten Rules.” (I’m pointing to it in the photo on the right.) Well, The Baseball Codes is basically a whole book about guys breaking those rules, and it’s filled with colorful stories and quotes. Rickwood Field has a lot of great historical stuff. Yes, it’s a minor league ballpark, but it was also home to several Negro League teams and for major league Spring Training back in the day. Some of the biggest names in baseball history (Babe Ruth, Satchel Paige, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Honus Wagner, Hank Aaron, etc.) played there, and there are some amazing stories about these players that I’d never heard. So…if you’re looking for an interesting read, you might want to pick up these books. And when I finally finish writing mine, I’ll be digging back into them.
I’m not sure how “blog-worthy” this is, but I’m hoping it’ll be of some interest because there’s a bit of baseball talk taking place…
As I mentioned yesterday on Twitter, I’ve booked trips to see games in Cleveland, Minnesota, and Atlanta. But as I didn’t mention on Twitter, here are the dates:
As many of you already know, I raised over $10,000 last season for a charity called Pitch In For Baseball. The charity provides baseball equipment to needy kids all over the world — and I raised the money simply by snagging baseballs. Remember? I got people to pledge a little bit of money for each ball that I snagged, and because so many folks got involved, it really added up by the end of the season.
Normally, I try to keep this blog positive, but because of something rather disturbing that’s been taking place, I’m taking a break from my normal routine to address it publicly. More specifically, I’ve received a series of threatening letters dating back to July 11, 2009. The letters started being sent (to my family’s book store) because I had a VERY ugly altercation with several Yankee fans at a game on May 21, 2009. Although I haven’t been asked to do so, I’ve removed the photographs of these people that I originally posted on my blog. I just felt it was the right thing to do, and that it would help everyone involved move on.