A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Grayson Stadium- Savannah Sand Gnats

This is one of many parks we saw on this trip where we were lucky enough to stop by, but we were unable to catch a game here.

When planning a trip out, you kind of find a week that works out. You check for all of the minor league teams and parks, and see who has a game.

You map out where you will be on which days, and try to make sure you stop in a town where a game is being played.

You still want to see all of the other parks you can see too. Even if a game is not happening, you want to stop and check out the park.

The way our travel plans and scheduled worked, there was no way we could see a game here.

It was a very rainy day (as several days on this trip were). We got to the park and looked around. I stumbled into their main office and said hello.

Account Executive Chase Polhemus was around. He very nicely offered to walk us around the place some, and to open up the gift shop for us.

Chase is a character himself, a young guy from up north.

He told us a lot about the history of the park, which has been around since the 1920s! The stadium was being rebuilt after a hurricane in 1940, and then construction was stopped as the country became involved in the War. Chase pointed out a section where brickwork is still in limbo from this period. Check out my photo!

Chase also told us there there is a fan that comes to games who can tell stories about when the stadium was segregated, and he says that there were times he wasn't let in because of the color of his skin. The stadium is lucky to have such a knowledgeable first hand witness to history like that! Chase and I both talked about how, in some ways, it seems that formal segregation happened so long ago, but it didn't. Living witnesses are still around.

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