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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Daryl Smith- 1990 Kansas City Royals

Daryl Smith played professional baseball for 15 years, making it to the highest level with the Kansas City Royals in 1990!

Daryl let me know recently that he still follows baseball.  His favorite minor league team is the Bay Sox, and his favorite MLB team is the Yankees.  His favorite players include Adam Jones and Bo Jackson!

He also sent some info on some very interesting books he has written and some charities with which he is involved!  Check out the scan!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Baseball in Chattanooga by David Jenkins

At first, I was a little iffy on the Arcadia books in general.  They are everywhere!  I love small, local books produced by locals independently.
In many ways Arcadia makes that kind of a local book, but they make it on a larger level.  I admire that.  I like the fact that it is easy to find and get my hands on a book about a specific local area.
The books pack a wallop.  You can read them in an hour or two, even if you take your time, but they cram a lot of information into a small volume.  Plus, the books have a lot of great photos.
Baseball in Chattanooga, for example, is just a great read covering this baseball history rich area of Tennessee.
Author David Jenkins does a great job of giving a very easy to understand history of Chattanooga baseball, covering the legendary team owners, managers, and other personalities.  I personally love the stories about the scouting and setting up of Engel Stadium and the newer BellSouth Park (now known as AT & T Field).
I also really enjoy the photos of Joe Charboneau, Ron Oester, Trevor Hoffman and others in their Lookouts uniforms!
Frontier League president Bill Lee appears in this book too, which is very cool in my opinion!
Chattanooga is one of those towns I MUST get to at least once a year.  I love the natural beauty, the history, and the well established minor league baseball team there.
A tip of my yellow 21 cap goes to David Jenkins and Arcadia Publishing for this one!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ryan Nye 1997-1998 Phillies

Ryan Nye pitched in a few games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997 and 1998.

He sent a quick note recently to let me know that he has no stories relating to playing in Kentucky.

He never contributed to any books on baseball but he does tell me that his favorite book is the Bible.

He says that it was nice to play baseball professionally, but right now he doesn't have any favorite teams or players.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Wild Pitches

Sorry for the lack of posts....  I THINK I have resolved the issue with posting photos, and deleting some of the older ones.  If you are looking at an older post and notice a black spot where a photo should be, drop me a line please!  I may have missed one!