Parks and Ball Parks

Do you collect ‘visits’ to any places? Friend, neighbor, and recent retiree, Jeff, sent me a text today telling me about his new ‘collection’ of State Park visits.

He liked the article I wrote a few years ago about my plans to have a list of at least 150 things I could do on any day in early retirement. He found 68 State Parks within a 3 hour drive of home that he would like to conquer over the next few years. He hiked his first one today.

Related: Not Bored List / 150

As I looked back on my ‘Not Bored’ list, I realize I had failed to include one of my key ‘collections’ – visiting as many Major League Baseball Parks as possible. We’re on vacation in Los Angeles right now and last night was my 29th ballpark. I started collecting them when I stopped collecting baseball cards.

If your interested, here’s my list: STL Busch, MIL County Std, MN Metrodome, CHI Wrigley, CHI New Comiskey, DET Tiger, KC Kauffman, TEX The Ballpark, LA Dodger, BAL Camden, SF Candlestick, SD Jack Murphy, COL Coors, PHX Banc One, NY Old Yankee, MIL Miller, NY Shea, ATL Turner, NY New Yankee, NY Citi Field, SD Petco, SEA Safeco, CLE Jacobs, CIN Great American, BOS Fenway, WDC Nationals, MN Target Field, TOR Rogers, ANA The ‘Big A’.

Nine of the 29 parks are no longer MLB parks – having been replaced by newer parks.

I know there are people that collect states, countries, National Parks, theme parks, and other places. What places do you try to collect?

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4 thoughts on “Parks and Ball Parks

  1. Nice! You are way ahead of me on the Major League Baseball stadiums, although I have two that you don’t – Olympic Stadium in Montreal and Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. You crush me in the Midwest, where the only stadiums I have hit are Wrigley and Busch.

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    1. Oh … Montreal Olympique Parc. Always wished! I heard they are thinking about building a new ball park there and sharing or stealing Tampa Bay?!


  2. National park collecting is a lot of fun when you can stamp your national parks passport at every new national park that you visit


    1. Yes – I would like to get one of those passports. Funny story – We met a woman in Scotland who told us about the dozens of US National Parks she had been to. When she asked me how many we had seen, I was a bit embarrassed to not know!


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