Park # 159
What I Remember
Cheney Stadium in Tacoma seemed to be a place stuck in the middle in 1991. It opened in 1960 and so was not old enough to be considered a classic but was not new enough to have any of the more modern amenities that had begun showing up at baseball parks. By the time I returned in 2003 the park had gotten a facelift and the Tacoma Rainiers continue to play in the city to this day, making Tacoma one of the few cities we saw in the Pacific Coast League that still has a team in Triple-A.
The Tacoma Tigers were not affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, instead they were the Triple-A team of the Oakland A’s and I remember finding it strange to be watching a team called the Tigers in green and gold. There was a pretty good crowd for a Sunday afternoon game especially considering that the nearby Seahawks were opening the NFL season that day.
Tacoma Tigers 12 Portland Beavers 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.