Name of Park Unknown

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In an effort to bone up on ballparks a little bit for an upcoming radio episode, I ventured to my local public library to peruse the stacks. I came across a promising work aptly titled Ballparks of North America by Michael Benson.

With a little time on my hands, I sat down and started to thumb through this. I skimmed through a little until I came upon the first entry listed under Atlanta, Georgia.

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Some thoughts:

  1. All ballparks should be built near or on cemeteries.
  2. I consider any team named [City Name] Nine to be the best team ever.
  3. I think the use of the phrase “emerged victorious” is a bit of an understatement, considering the 98-run differential.
  4. Related: 156 total runs.
  5. I love MLB.tv and GIFs and wOBA and the Winter Meetings, and many other things involved with the current game of baseball. But, sometimes, it’s pretty cool to think about how the same game was played and viewed in an unnamed park, next to a cemetery, for four and a half hours and 156 runs, a year after the God-damned Civil War ended. The addition of Bo Jackson is the only thing that could have made this story better.



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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.


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  1. Wil says:

    ” But, sometimes, it’s pretty cool to think about how the same game was played and viewed in an unnamed park, next to a cemetery, for four and a half hours and 156 runs, a year after the God-damned Civil War ended.”

    This times x10000000000000000000000000

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  2. Dan Rozenson says:

    Who was that Athens college team???

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  3. Luke says:

    One of the better NotGraphs posts in a while. Kudos, sir.

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  4. Winston says:

    “…behind the home run hitting of third baseman Tom Johnson.”

    Yep, without Tom Johnson they might have only squeaked out a 50 or 60 run win. But that’s what winners do, they give you that extra edge.

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  5. whatzitmather says:

    Time travelling Bo Jackson…be still my beating heart.

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  6. Stuck in a Slump says:

    I guess we could add slavery to what “Bo knows” if he did

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  7. RA Rowe says:

    Hohokam Park, in it’s final year as the Cubs’ Spring Training facility, is next to a cemetery. Which is VERY appropriate.

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  8. Snuffy says:

    Many fine ballists are dedicated to keeping this tradition of early baseball (1860s-1870s) alive. For those in the Mid-Atlantic region, I recommend coming out to watch a game in your area: http://mavbbl.com/

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  9. TomG says:

    Now batting…hailing from Park Unknown…third baseman Tom Johnson.

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  10. I believe, maybe this is mentioned in The Extra 2%, that current Rays owner, Stuart Sternberg, wanted to change the team name from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Tampa Bay Nine back in 2008, but never got enough traction with the other owners.

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  11. chiefglockandhummer says:

    there is no longer a hunter street in atlanta: it’s probably somewhere underneath I-85/I-75 at this point. but i am reading this about four blocks west of oakland cemetery right now, and i’m totally spooked.

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  12. chiefglockandhummer says:

    and the athens college team is UGA, duh.

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  13. siggian says:

    I want see the box score!

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