Day 134: August 20, 1991

Calgary, AB

Park # 147

What I Remember

I remember the rivalry. Pretty much throughout our visits to Calgary and Edmonton I remember the locals comparing (and asking us to compare) the two cities. For the record, Calgary is and was the larger of the two cities and the third-largest in Canada. Edmonton, though, is the capital of the province of Alberta. Calgary had the Olympics but the Great One played in Edmonton. Calgary had the newer and fancier ballpark, but Edmonton’s was more charming.

Regardless of the rivalry, both cities rolled out the welcome mat for us. There were newspaper and television stories both nights and both felt somehow more major league than Triple-A cities in the States. There are two different feature stories about our trip from competing papers in the gallery below. It is a sad irony that neither city kept their team much longer. The Calgary Cannons left for Albuquerque to replace the team that, themselves, had left after the 2002 season. Edmonton followed, moving to Round Rock, Texas two years later.

The Games

Vancouver Canadians 8 Calgary Cannons 7

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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