Des Moines, IA (Iowa Cubs)
Park # 137
What I Remember
As you might be able to see in the program cover, the Iowa Cubs were about to see the start of a new era when we arrived in August of 1991. Sec Taylor Stadium was built in 1947 but it was decaying and the old ballpark was closed and almost entirely replaced in 1992.
The park, new and old, had a nice view of downtown Des Moines and sit at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers not far fromr the Iowa State Capitol whose gold dome is visible from the grandstand.
Iowa Cubs 4 Omaha Royals 3
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.