Day 89: July 6, 1991

Pittsfield, MA

Park # 98

What I Remember

Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA was a case study in a tectonic shift in the minor league baseball landscape that was playing out in many towns during the course of our Excellent Adventure.

Three years earlier, this small city on the edge of the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts, had been home to a Double-A Eastern League team. But the old park, which was constructed in 1919, was deemed too small and too antiquated for a Double-A franchise. We saw the Pittsfield Mets of the Short-Season New York Penn League on this date in 1991 but a decade later affiliated baseball left Pittsfield all together and it has not returned.

My family had set up camp at a campground nearby and Sue’s parents came to the game too so we did quite a bit less filming, quite a bit more visiting than normal and almost no keeping score (check out the empty scorecard below) on this Saturday night.

The Game

Geneva Cubs 4 Pittsfield Mets 3

The Box (Click the arrows below to see more images)

A Note about this Site

This site is intended to be a companion to the upcoming book In League with America. Although some games were particularly notable and will appear in the book, most of the results of the 199 games we saw over the course of the 1991 season will not. Our journey was never really intended to be at the games themselves, it was about the places we saw and the people we met along the way.

However, there is now an historic nature to the results from this season. All of the players we saw then, even in the minors, have long since retired. Some of the players we saw at Class A are now members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. These pages, then, will function as kind of a digital appendix with a brief recollection of each day, the result of the game(s) we saw that day and a map of our daily drive.

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