McPeek: SABR member Neff completes goal of visiting every MLB stadium

From Aria McPeek at the Livingston Daily Press & Argus on October 15, 2014, on SABR member Art Neff:

If there were a special section in the Baseball Hall of Fame for extraordinary fans, Art Neff of Genoa Township would be in it. Not only is he a walking encyclopedia of baseball knowledge, with loads of stories and stats on the tip of his tongue, in August he completed his goal of visiting all 30 current Major League Baseball stadiums, plus 27 more that don’t exist anymore or are no longer in use.

“If you want to do a count from day one, it took me 69 years,” Neff said.

Neff was 10 years old when he first began to pay attention to baseball. It was 1945, and the Detroit Tigers won the World Series that year. The following year, in 1946, he attended his first big-league baseball game, watching the Tigers play at Briggs Field. It was also his first stadium visit.

Neff checked the last stadium off his must-visit list in August, when he watched the Tigers play the Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium.

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Originally published: October 15, 2014. Last Updated: October 15, 2014.