It was nostalgia night at Durham Athletic Park, as the Durham Bulls returned for a single game to commemorate the renovation of the grand old ballpark.
It was nostalgia night at Durham Athletic Park, as the Durham Bulls (Class AAA; International League) returned for a single game to commemorate the renovation of the grand old ballpark.
The Bulls called the DAP home from 1926 to 1994 and was one of the first superstar franchises in minor-league baseball, culminating with the team's presence in the movie hit Bull Durham. The Bulls and visiting Toledo Mud Hens wore retro uniforms from that era last night.
The place was packed: official capacity is 1,800, but the Bulls sold 4,000 tickets to the match. Given the success, there's now talk about making this an annual event a la the Rickwood Classic.
Durham Athletic Park has been renovated in the last few years; it's now run by Minor League Baseball and hosts groundskeeping and umpire schools. In addition, it's home to the North Carolina Central University baseball team.
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