One of the things that drew me to Baseball Sociology was the similarities and differences among the various communities that host minor league baseball teams. That is one reason I love visiting new parks every year. Each park has its own culture and unique features, which are reflective of the community and the history of the team. As I wrap-up my tales of Southern Baseball Adventures today, I’m posting some photos of minor league baseball in Memphis and Little Rock, for you to see for yourself how they compare!
AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN: Home of the Memphis Redbirds
Unique features at AutoZone part include the retirement of Stubby Clapp‘s number and the red seat commemorating the resting place of the home run Albert Pujols hit in the 2000 Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock, AR: Home of the Arkansas Travelers
The Travs’ stadium, which opened in 2007, shares similar features with AutoZone Park, just two hours away. The Travs are a Double A, Texas League team; the Redbirds are part of the Triple A Pacific Coast League.