Day 129: August 15, 1991

Everett, WA

Park # 142

What I Remember

I remember we locked our keys in the car and had to call a locksmith to get them out. In those days it was much easier to do than it is today. In fact, it was in the same minivan a few years later that I had my most harrowing version of a lockout. I was driving across the desert of eastern Oregon and had stopped on the side of a deserted US-20 to check on something I was carrying on top of the car when a wind gust blew my door shut with the keys inside and the motor still running. It was a few hours of using the hook at the end of a bungee cord to drop down through a crack in the window before I was finally able to pull up the button that locked the door. Good times.

Everett was a long way from Salt Lake but we had a good time there regardless. The Giants drew their best crowd of the season, more than 4,000, and we were introduced to the Northwest League, a league we would both come to know much better over the next two years.

I had forgotten about “The Walker” until I went through this program again. The Everett Giants had a race walker who would perform in a race against fans at every game and Sue and I were enlisted…he schooled us I believe.

The Games

Everett Giants 6 Spokane Indians 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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