Town Ball Tuesdays

Dispatches From Minnesota's Baseball Backroads

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 →

Chaska – Athletic Park

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 – Joe Schleper Stadium

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 →

Victoria – Poppitz Field

The route west from the Twin Cities along Minnesota State Highway 5 takes you to some of the state's most storied baseball towns and their cathedrals: Gaylord, Arlington, Green Isle, Hamburg, and Young America and the slick, modern stadiums of... Continue Reading →

Loretto – Arnold Klaers Field

Never seeming to be able to get my fill of live baseball, I made the short jaunt out to Loretto to catch the Larks hosting the Maple Lake Lakers in the 2016 Region 12C Tournament. This would be a solo... Continue Reading →

St. Anthony Village – Palm Field

Being familiar with many of the metro-area fields used by the Class A teams, and having played on a number of them myself, Marty and I knew that there was good baseball to be seen at these games, but found... Continue Reading →

Arlingon – Arlington Ball Park

Arlington, Minnesota has a baseball for a water tower. That's the first thing you need to know about it. Dundas may tout itself The Town of Baseball, but somebody went up on the water tower in Arlington and painted red... Continue Reading →

Dundas – Memorial Park

Memorial Park in Dundas, home of the Dundas Dukes, is admittedly one of my favorite baseball parks in the world (let alone MN). While it's, in many ways, a much simpler structure than many of the other great town ball... Continue Reading →

Doubleheader: Montgomery – Memorial Park / Veseli Ballpark

With a night off, and two DRS playoff games a few miles away from each other (one in Montgomery, one in Veseli), with a half-hour between start times, I saw a great opportunity to check out two ballparks within about... Continue Reading →

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