LMT Stop #3: Jacksonville, FL

Excellent Adventure Day # 39

A Fowl Evening at Wolfson

The Jacksonville Suns routinely drew good crowds in the early 90s anyway but on the night we made our stop at Wolfson Park the Famous Chicken was entertaining the crowd and the place was packed.

Wolfson Park was demolished in 2002 and there were many antiquated elements of it, but the combination of some historic elements, an inventive and energetic promoting ownership team in the Bragans and a great crowd made the old park crackle with energy the night we were there.

The Suns featured second basemen Bret Boone in the cleanup spot and he homered as the team scored five runs in the 7th inning to come back from a big early deficit but ultimately the Birmingham Barons won it, 8-6 in 11 innings.

The Trip

The Video

The video from an amazing Friday night in Jacksonville is below. Unfortunately because the Blues Brothers somehow own the copyright on the old Cab Calloway song Minnie the Moocher and there was a clip of the Chicken performing to that song, the YouTube system blocked the video and I had to edit that piece out…sigh…really? But it’s still a very cool night.

…”Give me Just a Little More Time

There aren’t many things to regret about our magical 1991 season but I do wish we had a chance to see more of each town we visited. Quite often the only glimpse of the surrounding area was from our seats. I hope to go back some day and once tourist sites are safely reopened here are a few sites I’d check out if I had a whole day or better yet a week!

Until We Meet Again

Who knows how long it will be until we can collectively be taken out to the ballgame again but in the meantime here is an important page where you can do some good, find some important content and help us all get to the other side of this difficult season.

In the On Deck Circle: The St. Lucie Mets

LMT Day 3: Jacksonville

This episode of the Low Mileage Tour on 435 Voices looks back on a stadium that is gone from the ballpark map, Wolfson Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

We stopped in Jacksonville on a beautiful May Friday evening in May and happened to visit on the same night as the Famous Chicken, which resulted in one of the largest Minor League crowds we saw all season.

In the podcast I’m chatting with Kevin Derby, a local political writer and longtime baseball fan who spent many a night at Wolfson in his younger years. We hear about some things that made the old park special and get some tips on ways to enjoy games in the city’s lovely new stadium – the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

LMT Day 3: Jacksonville
435 Voices

 
 
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