Oklahoma City, OK
Park # 23
What I Remember
I remember wondering “Is this what it looks like before a tornado?” We were amped up after Nolan Ryan’s no-hitter and had started our drive north the night before so we arrived in Oklahoma City on a hot sticky Thursday morning. The sun was out at All Sports Stadium and the team’s staff gave us a tour. We got shots of the field too but the clouds thickened as the afternoon went along and by late afternoon the local radio stations had posted tornado watches and it began to pour.
We knew this day would come, it was a little surprising that we made it through April without a postponement but Oklahoma City became the first rain out of what would ultimately be eleven that season and we headed off toward Wichita.
In retrospect, Nolan Ryan’s no-hitter would have been a tough act for any game to follow, perhaps it was better to set the reset button and I did see a game at Oklahoma City’s lovely new Bricktown ballpark on my 2003 Extra Innings Tour.
Denver Zephyrs @ Oklahoma City 89ers ppd. rain
A look at the space between the dots on this map tells the story of the changing nature of this part of our Excellent Adventure. The average drives in the California League were two to three hours, the Texas League and American Association stops were often twice that.
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.