Category Archives: Human Interest

Yawkey Foundation Blasts Red Sox Petition to Rename Street

The Yawkey Foundation issued a statement Wednesday following an announcement from the Boston Red Sox that the club had filed a formal petition to restore Yawkey Way to its original name, Jersey Street.  Read more and view full statement here.

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Live Like Baseball’s Iron Man

Are you a baseball fan with deep pockets?  If so, you have an opportunity to snatch up the home of Major League Baseball’s all-time record holder for most consecutive games played.  Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr.’s palatial 24-acre estate in Reisterstown (MD) is going on the auction block on May 12th.  The property, which includes a baseball field, was originally priced at $12.5 million.  View details here.

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A Look Back at the Triple-A Maine Guides

This small coastal town is a summer vacation destination, known across New England and Quebec for its amusement park, pier and plentiful bars. For most of the year, it’s a quiet place, populated with fewer than 10,000 people living across approximately eight square miles.  Read more and view photos here.  Visit ballpark website here.

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Remembering the Vancouver Asahi, A New Generation of Youth Teams Keep Legacy Alive

Koichi Kaminishi (96), the last living member of the Vancouver Asahi, a storied Japanese-Canadian baseball team active from 1914 until Canada’s mass internment of Japanese during World War II, recently reflected on the team and his wartime experiences.  Read more here.  A movie about the team was released in 2014.  Read more here.

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City Receives Generous Gift from Long-Time Baseball Fan to Care for NYSEG Stadium

The City of Binghamton (NY) has received a $195,159 donation from the estate of Marion O’Connor for improvements at NYSEG Stadium, home of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A, Eastern League).  O’Connor was a longtime fan who regularly attended baseball games at the ballpark with her brother, William O’Connor.  The donation was made in his honor.  Read more here.

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City Hires Firm to Begin Planning Restoration of Historic Hamtramck Ballpark

Officials are moving toward a plan to renovate Hamtramck’s (MI) historic Negro League ballpark.  The city has hired Smith Group JJR for $76,900-plus to create a pre-development plan as a precursor to any construction.  Read more here.

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Father of Ballpark Nachos Passes Away

Frank Liberto, the inventor of baseball stadium nachos (consisting of tortilla chips, jalapenos, and nacho cheese) has died aged 84 in San Antonio (TX).  Read more here.  Learn about the Ricos family-owned business here.

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