Wednesday, July 8, 2015

News From Along Route 66-- June 2015: Joe Becker Stadium and William Shatner

JUNE 2ND--  Joplin, Missouri's Joe Becker Stadium had its baseball Joplin Blasters home opener in the $4.7 million renovation of a century-old ballpark.  It is where MLB Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Whitey Herzog began their professional careers.  The Blasters are in the American Association of the Independent Professional Baseball League.

It was built in 1913 and burned down twice, once in 1936 and again in 1971.  Mickey Mantle, from nearby Commerce, Oklahoma, played here in 1950.  Seating is 4,500 with 2,500 fixed seats.  The renovation was done in order to lure the Blasters from El Paso, Texas.

Nothing like a good old minor league ballpark.

JUNE 2ND--  William Shatner, Captain Kirk of you-know=-what, is expected to arrive in OKC on June 25th in his really interesting, sort-of, motorcycle.  there was a picture of it on JUNE 3rd.

Beam me across, Scotty.  --RoadDog

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