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Dispatches From Minnesota's Baseball Backroads

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New York Mills – Russ Jacobson Field (Northwoods Independence Stray, Chapter 2)

The Millers of New York Mills and their Hi-10 League rivals the Bluffton Braves face off in an Independence Day grudge match each summer at Mills' storied Russ Jacobson Field, named for their late coach and local baseball legend. The... Continue Reading →

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Youth & Family Townball Showcase

We've worked to plan a great event this summer! Check it out: The Park National League, Minneapolis Park and Recreation, and Town Ball Tuesdays present the first Youth & Family Townball Showcase at Historic Parade Stadium on Monday, July 8th,... Continue Reading →

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 – Saints Field

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 – Veterans Memorial Field

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 – Optimist Park

I love ironic humor. A well-timed pie to the face makes for a great laugh, but a cleverly composed bit of irony produces a rare, guilty sort of chuckle unlike other brands of comedy. I also believe strongly in charity,... Continue Reading →

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