My buddy Al and I have just returned from another item on our baseball bucket list, namely attending a Little League World Series game. We saw Puerto Rico defeat Canada and Georgia (Southeast) defeat Michigan (Great Lakes). Well, we saw parts of both games as we moved back and forth between the two ballparks.
Attending the Little League World Series, and the College World Series (CWS), which we did in 2016, appear on the bucket lists of many fans. Others compose rather elaborate lists, such as attending games in every major league city, but it is hard for me to believe that anyone has had more fun than have Al and I by visiting the lesser known baseball shrines. While some take a pilgrimage to the mecca of Fenway Park or Wrigley Field, we have journeyed to Bosse Field in Evansville, IN, the third oldest continuously used professional ballpark in the country behind those two major league shrines, where we saw the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League play; and where we met some folks with whom I still keep in touch. We also attended a collegiate summer league game in League Park in Huntingburg, IN where the movie A League of Their Own was filmed and which has maintained its 1940s look. And we met some folks there with whom I still keep in touch.
We each visited the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as kids and before we knew each other, but together, we also visited the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, MD. While on the Shore, we also visited Jimmie Foxx’s statue in Sudlersville, MD.
We make it a point to at least play catch in every new state through which we pass and so we have played baseball to some degree or another in every state from Pennsylvania/Delaware all the way down the coast to Florida. Naturally, we played in Nebraska while there for the CWS and in Iowa, driving across the Missouri River in order to lay claim to that state. We can also lay claim to Bermuda because, yes, we took our gloves on a cruise. The parks in which we’ve played include Home Run Baker Park in Trappe, MD and James Hoyt Wilhelm Park in Cornelius, NC.
We’ve been to the Hillerich & Bradsby Factory and Museum in Louisville, KY; the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore; Spring Training in Florida, including the Braves and Orioles minor league complexes; and games at the University of Florida. I’m not sure what’s next on the bucket list, but I have no doubt that we have not reached the end of it.
So, dear readers: What are the top three items on the bucket list of your passion? You art fans what works must you see or have seen? Music fans, what performers must you hear or have heard?
If you don’t have a bucket list of something, make one, for despite the irony that the list encompasses the things you want to do before you die, the planning and the achieving insures that you are truly living.