Park # 22
What I Remember
Thirty years is a long time; it is often tough to remember the details of our stops on the Excellent Adventure. Watching the video we shot and looking back at the programs usually loosens a few cobwebs and some memories return but some things I wrote notes about, during the trip or shortly afterward, I simply have no recollection of today.
But May 1, 1991 is not like that. I remember multiple things about the day as clearly as if they took place last week. I remember doing the first of a couple of interviews about our trip with the late Bill Koenig for a story that appeared later that month in USA Today Baseball Weekly. I remember chatting with Koenig from a payphone near Abilene and then changing into one of the few dressier outfits we had with us since he told us there would be a photographer meeting us in the parking lot at Arlington Stadium.
But mostly I remember the game. With the possible exception of the 7th game of the World Series that year, it was the most exciting game I have ever been to. The scorecard below says it all…the visiting Toronto Blue Jays had no hits that night. Nolan Ryan pitched to just two batters over the minimum and the 44-year-old was so dominant in throwing his seventh, and final, career no-hitter that it was already obvious by the 5th inning that we might be in for something special. If you get a chance next Friday watch the video, we are sitting in the upper deck but even from far away the excitement of the crowd is obvious.
Texas Rangers 3 Toronto Blue Jays 0
A Note about this Site
This site is intended to be a companion to the upcoming book In League with America. Although some games were particularly notable and will appear in the book, most of the results of the 199 games we saw over the course of the 1991 season will not. Our journey was never really intended to be at the games themselves, it was about the places we saw and the people we met along the way.
However, there is now an historic nature to the results from this season. All of the players we saw then, even in the minors, have long since retired. Some of the players we saw at Class A are now members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. These pages, then, will function as kind of a digital appendix with a brief recollection of each day, the result of the game(s) we saw that day and a map of our daily drive.