Day 123: August 9, 1991

Madison, WI

Park # 138

What I Remember

I remember coaching first base. No really, I did. When we got to Madison that afternoon the team told me they had something new for me to try, they wanted me to coach first for an inning. They found a uniform, #16, that somehow fit my diminutive frame and I spent a half inning, the home fourth, out on the field.

I remember being worried about two things: getting clocked by a foul ball – coaching first base can be dangerous, and what would happen if any of the batters reached first and needed me to, umm, coach. Fortunately my concerns came to naught, no foul balls came near me and the Madison Muskies were retired in order.

Warner Park in Madison was a very pleasant place to watch a game but, unfortunately, affiliated baseball left after the 1994 season and has not returned to Wisconsin’s Capitol city. This park, which we left with only 40 to go, was the last stop in the Midwest League.

The Games

Clinton Giants 12 Madison Muskies 4

The Box

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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