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History of Professional Baseball in Asheville.

Bill Ballew

ISBN 10: 1596291761 / ISBN 13: 9781596291768
Published by The History Press
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Title: History of Professional Baseball in ...

Publisher: The History Press

Binding: Soft cover

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So many greats have appeared in Asheville within McCormick Field s white lines: Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, manager Cal Ripken Sr. and batboy Cal Ripken Jr. As player Tom Nevers said, When you think of all the great people that have played on this field before us, it s kinda neat being a part of history.
Asheville, North Carolina, is not widely recognized as a baseball crazy city. However, for a small town where flat land is hard to find and everything is far removed from the bright lights of the big cities, Asheville s part in professional baseball is remarkable. In these pages you ll find little-known stories of baseball s stars, the ups and downs of the national pastime in the Land of the Sky and a number of local heroes. Meet Struttin Bud Shaney, a pitcher from the 1920s who served as athletic director, umpire and the McCormick Field groundskeeper at various times in the diamond s past. Despite his inexperience, gritty Tourists general manager Ron McKee s efforts revived the flagging franchise in the 1980s. Most recently, fiery skipper Joe Mik Mikulik has helped bring record numbers of fans to McCormick to cheer the Tourists to victory."

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In Baseball in Asheville author Bill Ballew has compiled a vast array of photographs, containing many of the key contributors to the storied history that makes up Asheville baseball. A native of western North Carolina and a resident of the Asheville area since 1995, Ballew is a freelance baseball writer and the author of five previous books. He is currently in his third season as the director of media relations for the Asheville Tourists.

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