I know a lot of baseball fans like to use their summer vacations to hit the road with their favorite team. Me, for one, I like to follow the Cubbies for at least a few series each summer.
I like to take my baseball travels a step further though, trying to hit the minor league parks I travel past, as well as any other baseball related sidetrips I can find.
With Al's recent talk about his visits to some great baseball themed attractions, I was wondering if anyone else had found some hiddden gems, either where they live or while on the road, or anyplace you've alway wanted to get to. My list isn't as extensive as I'd like it to be (see below), so I'm looking for some tips while I use the winter months to plan next season's adventures.
I'd be happy to offer up my thoughts on any of the places I've been, so here's my list:
Field of Dreams - Dyersville, Iowa
Mall of America (home of a few remnants from Metropolitan Stadium) - Minneapolis/St. Paul
Remains of Forbes Field - Pittsburgh
Remains of League Park - Cleveland
Crosley Field Replica - Blue Ash, Ohio
West Field (Remains of Homestead Grays Negro League Park) - Munhall, Penn
Louisville Slugger Museum - Louisville
Remains of Beyer Stadium (AAGPBL) - Rockford, Il
Ty Cobb Museum - Royston, Ga
Dawson Spring's Riverside Park (an all wooden stadium that was a Pirates spring training site 100 years ago) - Tradewater, Ky
Tiger Stadium (what's left of it) - Detroit
On my to do list -
Elyssian Fields in NJ
Bob Feller Museum in Iowa
Shoeless Joe Museum in Greeneville, SC