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I realize that my patient readers do not find many descriptions of baseball games in my posts, and you certainly won’t find any in this one.  I know I went to an Angels game, but I don’t even know when.  I think I will research what they were called in those days – I suspect the California Angels – and I will also check whether they have changed parks, but my guess is that they have not.  Hypothesis confirmed – reports that they were the California Angels from 1965 until purchased in 1997 by Disney, which renovated both the name and the stadium.

Terry and I got married in 1983, when her parents were living in LA, so it is likely that we went to a game while we were visiting them – it is even possible that her dad came with us.  In the summer of 1984, we made a gigantic trip around the country.  In the spring of 1983, when we decided to get married, Terry had already committed to a job with the US Justice Department (“The World’s Largest Law Firm”) in Dallas.  We got married when I went down there for Christmas vacation in 1983.  I then came back for spring break, and I came down again for the somewhat warm Dallas summer in 1984.  I had a research grant and was able to spend a lot of time indoors at the SMU library.  At that time, Sally Wise, who is now at Miami and works with me on the CALI Board of Directors, was working there.  We went to a couple of Rangers games then, but that will be the subject of another post.

The great dean at Montana, Jack Mudd, had worked out a scam called the Rocky Mountain Consortium of Law Schools.  Every summer faculty from those law schools would get together at some great resort along the Rocky Mountain spine, from Banff to Taos.  I recall that Nebraska asked if they could join us, and Jack’s response was, “Yes, if you promise not to host the meeting.”  Actually, we crossed Nebraska during at least one of our cross country trips, and I thought it was pretty neat.  But you won’t hear much more about that, as Nebraska is not famous for its baseball.

The first of our great road trips took place in the summer of 1984.  The first stop was Taos, New Mexico, where the Consortium met.  A weird thing happened at that meeting.  Terry and I had been discussing possible names for children.  When the Dean of the law school at Edmonton, Alberta was introduced as Trevor Anderson, Terry and I looked at each other because we both thought Trevor would be a cool name for a boy.  The irony is that, although we did not know it, Terry was then pregnant with Trevor, who was born the next March.  We thought the name would be unusual, but something must have been in the air, because there were many Trevors born at the same time – he even had one in his elementary school class!

We then drove north to Oregon for the wedding of Terry’s law school roommate Cathy.  Then we dropped down through northern California, where many of Terry’s relatives on her father’s side lived, and finally ended up in LA, where the Olympics were taking place.  We got to see two days of track and field, and a day of rowing.  It was very cool.  The events take place all over the field, but we happened to be seated right in front of the spot where Carl Lewis was trying for his second gold medal in an attempt to get four gold medals, this one in the long jump.  I remember the kid behind us wanted to leave for a hot dog, and his father tried to persuade him that this was not the best time.  I don’t recall if the father got the best of that one, but Carl did.

Anyway, it was either on that trip or a slightly later trip that we went to see the Angels.  They have proven to be an interesting team to follow, as they have often contended with the Red Sox in the Division and League Series, and even now are contending with the Yankees

The 1994 Remake

As a footnote, a couple of weeks ago, Terry recorded the movie Angels in the Outfield.  I told her I was not going to watch it because I had seen it and it was pretty weak and not worth seeing again.  I’m glad we had this conversation, because she pointed out that this recording was not the 1994 remake, which unimaginatively featured the eponymous California Angels, but the 1951 original, which featured the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It turned out to be pretty charming, featuring an extremely young Janet Leigh.  I rather liked that one never actually sees the angels.  A cynic might say that this was a function of better special effects in the remake, but I thought it was a function of a better moral lesson, for the results in the original might have been achieved by the change in the protagonist’s behavior rather than by divine intervention. 

The 1951 Original Movie


The Pittsburghs were then playing at Forbes Field, and the long shots of the stadium with the University of Pittsburgh (a/k/a The Learning Tower of Pisa-burgh) in the background were very cool.  Of course, things have changed as that was two stadiums (stadia for the purists) ago, and the Bucs now play in The Park Where Pittsburgh Plays, which, in spite of its name, is a cool park, as we saw in the blog on Pittsburgh.  But some things have not changed, as the Pittsburghs were favored this year with neither a change in behavior nor divine intervention.  But there is still hope for the Angels (go Whoever Is Playing the Yankees).


What is the Burnham Baseball Project?

The Burnham Baseball Project records my attempt to attend baseball games at all the Major League Parks, and provides me with an excuse to discourse on whatever strikes my fancy in connection therewith. New readers may want to read my first post, Pre-game Warm-up, to get an introduction to the Project. From there feel free to read chronologically or by Team by clicking on the list below.

Ballparks Visited

American League Teams:

* Baltimore (Oriole Park)

* Boston (Fenway Park)

* Chicago (U.S. Cellular Field)

* Cincinnati (Great American Ball Park)

* Cleveland (Progressive Field)

* Detroit (Comerica Park)

* Kansas City (Kauffman Stadium)

* Los Angeles (Angel Stadium)

* Minnesota (The Metrodome)

* New York (Yankee Stadium)

* Oakland (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

* Seattle (Safeco Field)

* Tampa Bay (Tropicana Field)

National League Stadiums:

* Atlanta (Turner Field)

* Chicago (Wrigley Field)

* Colorado (Coors Field)

* Florida (Land Shark Stadium)

* Milwaukee (Miller Park)

* New York (Citi Field)

* Philadelphia (Citizens Bank Park)

* Pittsburgh (PNC Park)

* San Diego (PETCO Park)

* San Francisco (AT&T Park)

* Washington (Nationals Park)

Ballparks Yet to See

American League Teams:

* Toronto (Rogers Centre)

National League Stadiums:

* Arizona (Chase Field)

* Houston (Minute Maid Park)

* Los Angeles (Dodger Stadium)

* St. Louis (Busch Stadium)