Town Ball Tuesdays

Dispatches From Minnesota's Baseball Backroads

Northwoods Independence Stray: Chapter 1 — Watkins and Midway.

One of the great joys of this hobby we call Town Ball Tuesdays is that ballplayers, coaches, and fans all over the state follow the blog and our social media ramblings, and often reach out to us with invitations to visit... Continue Reading →


Hinckley – Brennan Field

To a great extent, Minnesota's town ball legacy is concentrated in the southern agricultural belt, sweeping west from the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers toward the Dakota border. So many of its fields lie amid the rolling hills... Continue Reading →

Howard Lake – Memorial Park

Shoreline parks are special. I love them dearly. From Davenport, Iowa's Modern Woodmen Park (the jewel of American baseball) to San Francisco's telecommunications company-branded palace, to Alexandria, Minnesota's Knute Nelson Memorial Park, there is something awesome about a body of... Continue Reading →

Jordan’s “Mini Met”

  What can I write about Jordan's Mini Met ballpark that hasn't already been written?  The picturesque little park, situated about 35 miles from Minneapolis is likely second only to Miesville in "have you ever been to _____" status among... Continue Reading →

Dassel – 2016 State Tournament

The town of Dassel is a sort of hiccup one would typically pass by while taking US 12 west to Willmar and points beyond, or when paying a visit to neighboring Darwin's curious Twine Ball roadside attraction. I know, as... Continue Reading →

Hutchinson – 2016 State Tournament

Hutchinson wasn't off to a good start as co-host of the 2016 state amateur tournament. Drenching storms in the area had rendered Veterans Memorial Field unplayable during the tournament's opening weekend, forcing games to be moved to Litchfield and ultimately... Continue Reading →

Litchfield, August 20, 2016

I love irony, especially when it's funny. For my dollar, irony may be the best and most clever of all vehicles for delivering comedy in its rawest form to an understanding recipient. I also believe strongly in charity, good will,... Continue Reading →

Chaska – August 12, 2016

Chaska Athletic Park has great significance to both me, personally, and to Town Ball Tuesdays, as an institution. For myself, it was the first really wonderful park I had a chance to play in after returning to baseball following a... Continue Reading →

Shakopee – August 9, 2016

When folks in Minnesota think about Shakopee, the Valley Fair amusement park and Canterbury horse racing track usually come to mind well before any thoughts of baseball. A populous community sandwiched between the Minnesota River and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community... Continue Reading →

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