Two Fields of Dreams

Shots in the Darke

First of all, how great was it to see the Reds and Cubs come walking out of the cornfield in Dyersville, Iowa Thursday evening in the “Field of Dreams” game? Major League Baseball has finally gotten it right with the setting honoring the memorable 1989 film starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and the late Ray Liotta. The Reds loss to the Cubs was secondary to the nostalgia generated by the field itself, the love of the game of baseball, and the uniqueness of the moment.  

Didn’t you like the Reds’ throwback uniforms, based on the 1920’s outfits worn by the Rhinelanders? The pinstripes, the hats, and the batting helmets were special, and I really liked the way Joey Votto and Nick Senzel among others wore their socks. And how about a hologram of the late, great Cubs announcer Harry Carey singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch!! A great evening for baseball fans everywhere! 

Secondly, the new Fieldhouse at Harmon Field in Greenville was dedicated Sunday with an open house tour of the new facility. Located between the new Jennings Track and Field complex and the existing football field, the building will greatly enhance Friday night experiences for fans and players alike.  

The approximately 8,700 square foot structure will house —  

Four locker rooms with 201 double-tier athletic lockers and maple wood bench seating. A training room with a Coaches and Shared Office. 

Men’s, Women’s, and Family restrooms which are all ADA approved. 

A large concession area along with a Wave Boosters sales office. 

Along with other essentials, the Fieldhouse will serve both the football and track facilities.  In the words of the Costner film, “if you build it, they will come”!!  

The final phase of the entire athletic complex will be the demolition of the existing stadium bleachers (constructed as a WPA project in the mid-‘30s) and the construction of new bleachers and press box. The entire Greenville community should be proud of what has been accomplished so far and excited about the future as the new stands are erected at an unknown date. If you wish to contribute to the financing of the last phase, contact the high school athletic department or the central office of the Greenville City Schools at Memorial Hall. 

High school football teams are gearing up for this Friday the 19th and opening night of the 2022 fall campaign. With another week of practice and a scrimmage or two out of the way, the squads will be ready to hit in earnest at the opening kickoff. Are you ready for some football?!? 

Here is a trivia question for all of you baseball diehards—in this era of starting pitchers being  expected to only go five or six innings for the most part (there have only been a few complete  games tossed so far this year) it is unlikely that there will be many twenty-game winners. Who leads the AL and NL in pitching wins to this point of the season? Answers to follow!

 

Here’s an interesting (at least to me!) bit of history—on August 14th of 1936, the US men’s  team won the first gold medal given in Olympic Games basketball annals by beating Canada  19-8. The game was played outdoors on a dirt court in a driving rain (what’s up with that?) and the gold and silver medals were presented by James Naismith, the inventor of the game! One can only imagine what Adolf Hitler thought about that! 

Justin Verlander of the Astros has a 15-3 record to set the standard in the AL so far while Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers is 14-1 and Kyle Wright of the Braves is 14-5 to pace the NL.  Verlander by the way is married to Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodel Kate Upton, enough said! Have a great week as the Great Darke County Fair kicks off Friday—lots of chairs are already set up in front of the grandstand and around the gazebo!!

Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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