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By George Gmelch

In the Ballpark is a set of interviews with twenty-one those that paintings in all elements of significant and Minor League Baseball: usher and broadcaster, beer seller and sportswriter, clubhouse attendant and box supervisor, price ticket vendor and proprietor, scout and normal supervisor, mascot and participant. geared up by way of setting—the stands, the sphere, the click field, and front office—the bills yield a wealth of perception into little-known features of the sport. the recent concluding bankruptcy offers updates at the matters on the grounds that they have been interviewed ten years in the past in addition to updates on how their jobs and the sport itself has replaced considering In the Ballpark was once first published.

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Everyone is so uptight in the real world. I think everyone should try to be a little bit more like the Phanatic. <><><><><><><><><><><><> Epilogue Shortly after this interview, Tom became the number one Phanatic after Dave Reymond retired. Another anonymous ad for mascots was placed in the Philadelphia newspapers, and a new backup was chosen from a field of forty. < previous page page_19 next page > < previous page page_20 next page > Page 20 Walter Banks: Usher, Atlanta Braves Walter Banks began working as an usher for four dollars a game at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium in 1965.

The Texas trip is the hardest for me because I don't know the scouts down there except for our own guys. In your own territory you usually stay in motels where there are other scouts. You know everybody and you eat dinner with them. But everybody has different hobbies, different ways of passing the time. Some guys carry golf clubs. There are four of them playing today. I wish I were a golfer. But my ball doesn't go straight, so I gave it up. A lot of guys go to the mall and do some shopping for their families.

Anything that had Atlanta on it made me feel proud. In those days, Atlanta only had Stone Mountain, the zoo and the state capitol for attractions. Any time a new building went up downtown, I got excited. I wanted our town to be popular like New York or San Francisco. Chambers of commerce have commercials for their cities, but when a city has a team in the World Series, all the money in the world could- < previous page page_20 next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 n't buy that kind of advertising.

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