McCloud: New book showcases Hot Springs spring training in photos

From Colbie McCloud at the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record on April 3, 2016, with mention of SABR member Mark Blaeuer:

From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, Hot Springs flourished as a spring training site for major and minor league baseball teams, which came to soak in the city’s signature thermal waters and exercise their limbs to prepare for the upcoming season.

A new book, “Baseball in Hot Springs,” by Hot Springs resident Mark Blaeuer, brings together a collection of photographs taken across the city at the numerous ballparks that were utilized by Major League Baseball teams including the New York Giants, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.

The book showcases Hot Springs sites in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. What once was Fogel Field now survives as a vacant lot behind the Arkansas Alligator Farm & Petting Zoo, 847 Whittington Ave. The Boston Red Sox’s spring home, Majestic Park, is now the site of the Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs. These fields attracted Hall of Famers Jack Chesbro, of the New York Yankees, Honus Wagner, of the Pittsburg Pirates, and Zack Wheat, of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Originally published: April 12, 2016. Last Updated: April 12, 2016.