• Alabama,  ballparks,  Georgia,  Massachusetts,  Mississippi,  New Hampshire

    Reviewing my 2017 ballpark resolutions

    As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time for the annual review of my New Year’s resolutions.  Unlike people who resolve to lose weight or be kinder to others, which are all great goals, mine focus on travel and more specifically they focus on baseball travel. My first resolution for 2017 was… In 2017, I resolve to see a @FisherCats or @PortlandSeaDogs game with @joshpahigian. #PlayBall — Steven Ericson (@geoSteven) January 1, 2017 While attending the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Boston in April, I organized a field trip to see the Portland Sea Dogs and got to meet Josh at the game.  It was great getting…

  • ballparks,  Massachusetts

    Visiting the first World Series site in Boston

    Normally my baseball stadium visits are to current ballparks, but over the years I have ventured to see historic sites of former ballparks.  I made one such visit while in Boston earlier this year. Just down the street from my hotel was the site of the Huntington Avenue American League Baseball Grounds.  The facility was better known as the Huntington Avenue Grounds, which was the first home of the MLB franchise now known as the Boston Red Sox (known as the Boston Americans from 1901 to 1908).  The Red Sox played at Huntington Avenue Grounds from 1901 to 1911, and moved into Fenway Park in 1912. The ballpark was torn down…

  • Massachusetts,  presidents

    John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Mass.

    Prior to his death, John F. Kennedy explored potential sites for his presidential library in Boston around the campus of his alma mater, Harvard University.  He had wanted a library to be built near an academic institution to increase scholarly use of the facility.  However, following his death resident of Cambridge objected to the construction of the library because of the perceived negative impact on the community. Eventually, a location on Columbia Point in the Dorchester neighborhood was chosen.  Construction of the facility began in August 1977 and was completed two years later.  The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum was dedicated on Oct. 20, 1979.  In 1993, a…

  • ballparks,  Massachusetts

    My night with the Boston Red Sox – April 5, 2017

    My first visit to Fenway Park was in June 1999 on the weekend of the NHL Entry Draft when the Atlanta Thrashers came into existence with the expansion draft and selected Patrik Stefan with the first overall pick of the Entry Draft. While I have photos of my visit, I was still using a film camera as digital cameras had yet to become available at reasonable prices.  So I don’t have many photos of the stadium or game, but with a digital camera I was able to take a few more pictures of my visit this time. Following my presentation at the AAG Annual Meeting about the intersection of Minor…