The Field of Dreams Chapter had close to a full house in Suite 316 at Principal Park for a social gathering on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
We did have a couple of brief research presentations. Giants fan, Steve Elsberry, presented the list of teams that have won 3 World Series in a five-year span (a club that San Francisco joined last fall, of course). As Steve noted, that feat has been accomplished on 8 other occasions and only one other time by a National League team (that was the Redbirds of the 1940’s).
John Liepa brought along some baseball cards from the career of Dazzy Vance. Vance is one of seven Iowa-born members of the Hall of Fame. We should note that John’s article about Cy Slapnicka, which he previewed at the January meeting, appears in the current Iowa Cubs yearbook.
Michael Gartner, owner of the I-Cubs, popped into the suite just before the game started and chatted with the group for about ten minutes.
In the game, the Tacoma Raniers scored four runs on two 2-run home runs, one in the first inning and one in the ninth. Between those homers, the I-Cubs tallied seven runs, and took the series finale 7-4 in a snappy two hours and twenty minutes (maybe that new play clock is working).
We hope to arrange another gathering later this summer (preferably at a ballpark) or in the fall. If anyone has any suggestions for a meeting venue, don’t hesitate to contact me.
— Tim Rask