Park # 134
What I Remember
A day after driving across the state of Iowa to get to a rained out game in Omaha we drove back across the state to Burlington, IA only to have a similar result. It was no longer raining by the time we got to the city of Burlington, which sits on the Mississippi River in the southeastern part of the state. However, the damage had been done long before we arrived. It had rained hard for most of the morning and the game was called. The team’s general manager had left a note for us to call him at home when we arrived and he came and let us in to the park to shoot some footage.
The park was well named. Community Field was, quite literally, built by the community with volunteers building the grandstand, ticket booths, concessions stands…everything.
Despite the wet weather earlier we camped that night at an interesting state park nearby called Geode State Park. We tried our hand at finding geodes and I recall that we might have found one or two but mostly I remember breaking rocks.
Quad Cities Angels @ Burlington Astros – Ppd-Rain
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.