EA Park #50
Today’s podcast on the Low Mileage Tour on 435 Voices looks back at a baseball landscape that is now long gone. May 25, 1991, brought Sue Easler and I to our 50th park of that season, Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Montreal Expos stopped playing after the 2004 season and the West Palm Beach Expos moved to nearby Jupiter, Florida even before that in 1998. Four years later, Municipal Stadium was torn down and a Home Depot sits on the site today…but as you will see in the video, it was a lively place on that Saturday night. A big part of the reason for that was Rob Rabenecker, the General Manager of the Palm Beach Expos who also ran spring training operations for the parent club in Montreal. Rob is my guest on this edition of the Low Mileage Tour on the 435 Voices podcast.
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.
Excellent Adventure: Day 38
This episode of the Low Mileage Tour on 435 Voices includes the second part of my interview with baseball historian and sportswriter Rob Grubbs. This time we’re talking about the second of two stops we made in historic Georgia ballparks, this one, unfortunately, washed out by rain – we’re visiting about Grayson Stadium in lovely Savannah.
We learn about one of Rob’s favorite baseball memories as a kid, the differences between Luther Williams Field and Grayson Stadium and Savannah’s colonial roots. Myron Noodleman even shows up.