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Capturing such quintessentially American pastimes as baseball and road trips in one fascinating work, this updated and expanded guide chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location. Packed with historical data, trivia, photographs, and baseball lore, entries include the birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums and halls of fame, final resting places, and many places that are no longer standing. From out-of-the-way spots to the most popular stadiums in the U.S. and Canada, no site is too small or insignificant to be included in this comprehensive directory. Entries include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston, where the Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series; the original little league field and museum in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the birthplace of Jackie Robinson; the place where Mickey Mantle was discovered by a scout from the New York Yankees; and the site of the original Wrigley Field, erected in Los Angeles in 1925.

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									Roadside Baseball
Author: Chris Epting
Other: Joe Buck
Table of Contents

The East
The South
The Midwest
The West
Outside the Lines
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Capturing such quintessentially American pastimes as baseball and road trips in one fascinating work,
this updated and expanded guide chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history with
detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location. Packed with historical data, trivia,
photographs, and baseball lore, entries include the birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums
and halls of fame, final resting places, and many places that are no longer standing. From out-of-the-way
spots to the most popular stadiums in the U.S. and Canada, no site is too small or insignificant to be
included in this comprehensive directory. Entries include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston, where the
Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series; the original little league field and museum in
Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the birthplace of Jackie Robinson; the place where Mickey Mantle was
discovered by a scout from the New York Yankees; and the site of the original Wrigley Field, erected in
Los Angeles in 1925.
Excerpt

IllinoisBob Groom MarkerCity: Belleville Location: Whitey Herzog Legion Field Citizen’s Park 317 South
44th StreetBob Groom was born in Belleville. He hurled in two Midwest minor leagues and the Pacific
Coast League from 1904 to 1908, and then in the major leagues from 1909 to 1918. He threw for the
Washington Senators (1909–1913), St. Louis Terriers (Federal League, 1914–1915), St. Louis Browns
(1916–1917) and Cleveland Indians (1918). On May 6, 1917, he pitched a 3–0 no-hit game against the
Chicago
White Sox, the team that would go on to win the World Series that year. The no-no came in Game 2 of a
Sunday doubleheader, after Groom sealed the win in the first game, pitching the last two innings without
allowing a hit. His best major-league season was with the 1912
Senators, when Groom won an outstanding 24 games and Washington finished second in the American
League.At the end of the 1918 season,
Bob Groom came home to Belleville. He would go on to manage the family coal mining business. During
the summers,
he pitched for and managed local teams into the 1920s, the best of which was Belleville’s White Rose
team. Throughout the ’20s and ’30s, Groom was involved with the St. Louis Trolley League as a mentor,
and in 1938, the George E. Hilgard American Legion Post 58 asked that he form Belleville’s first
tournament team. He did, and even coached them to the state and regional championships in their initial
season. Groom managed the “Hilgards” through 1944, and in honor of all he did for the team, was
inducted into the Hilgard Hall of Fame in February 2008. This marker, part of the wonderful series that
grew out of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Deadball Stars books, was presented
on June 5, 2008, at the Belleville Hilgards’ home ballpark, Whitey Herzog Field. Thanks again to the
remarkable Mr. David Stalker for spear-heading this precious Deadball Era marker project. Incidentally, he
shared this story about the marker: “An interesting story goes along with the Bob Groom monument. The
Belleville American Legion Hilgrads (a team Groom
started) play their home games at the location of the monument, which went up at their home opener last
season. The team considers it a good luck talisman. At the opener and before every home game, and
before going on a road trip the players touch the ball for good luck. Last year they ended up winning the
state championship.”Albert Spalding BirthplaceCity: Byron Location: 133 East 2nd StreetOne of the
premier pitchers of the 1870s, Albert Spalding is described on his Hall of Fame
plaque as an “organizational genius of baseball’s pioneer days.” His 47 wins in 1876 led the Chicago
White Stockings to the firstever National League championship.
Spalding, who helped draft the NL’s first constitution, retired as a player to join the White Stockings’ front
office in 1882, a move that also allowed him to tend to
the thriving sporting goods business he had founded with his brother. A plaque maarking the house where
Spalding was born on September 2, 1850, is located about 80 miles
west-northwest of Chicago.Albert Spalding ExhibitCity: Byron Location: Byron Public Library 109 North
Franklin Street 815-234-5107The Byron Public Library houses two large display cases of Albert Spalding
memorabilia, including signed baseballs, photos, awards and more.
Author Bio
Chris Epting
Chris Epting is the author of numerous books, including Elvis Presley Passed Here; James Dean Died
Here; Led Zeppelin Crashed Here; Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here; and The Ruby Slippers, Madonna's Bra,
and Einstein's Brain. He lives in Huntington Beach, California.


Joe Buck
Joe Buck is an Emmy Award–winning sportscaster. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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