I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs. My first exposure to the Midwest League, and Minor League Baseball in general, came in the form of the Kane County Cougars, who began playing in Geneva, Ill., in 1991.
After I moved to north central Illinois at the end of the decade, I got hooked on the Midwest League. I took in games at all the ballparks within daytrip distance of my home. I started going to Peoria Chiefs games just in time to watch a young Albert Pujols in action during his only season in the minors.
I’m a writer by trade, with 14 years of newspaper experience on my resume. During the summer of 2011, I traveled the Midwest League and attended games at all 16 ballparks. I went to 64 games, including the entire Midwest League Championship Series and three other playoff games. This blog served as a chronicle of my journey.
I’m currently writing a book about the ballparks and my experiences at them and in the communities where they are located. When it is finished and available, I will post details on this blog.