Day 125: August 11, 1991

Colorado Springs, CO

Park # 139

What I Remember

I remember the snow-capped peaks coming into view as we approached the city. For the uninitiated, the view of the Rocky Mountains from Colorado Springs is the view many people expect on their first visit to Denver, the mountains are much closer in this city 70 miles south.

The home of the Sky Sox was quite new when we saw it and told us immediately that we had returned to the west. Like some of the newer ballparks of the California and Pacific Coast Leagues, the park did not have a tall grandstand. Instead, it was built below ground level so that when you walked in, you actually walked down to your seats. There are grass berms encircling the field and on a pleasant Sunday afternoon they were a popular seating choice.

It seemed appropriate that Colorado Springs was playing Albuquerque that day. We had originally planned to see Colorado Springs on a Sunday three-and-a-half months earlier but a scheduling snafu had caused us to miss the game in Albuquerque the previous day and thus we saw Albuquerque on the day we would have come to ‘the Springs.” It turned out for the best, Colorado Springs was snowed out on the April date.

The Games

Albuquerque Dukes 6 Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2

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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