We’re now shipping the second edition of Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina by Mark Cryan and a foreword by Miles Wolff.
You can read a full description at the August Publications website, but here’s a summary from Cryan’s intro:
Today, crowds continue to gather to see history-rich teams like the Asheville Tourists and the Durham Bulls play in beautiful, modern facilities, teams like the Charlotte Knights and the Greensboro Grasshoppers bring baseball into revitalized urban centers, and cheer on amateur teams like the Edenton Steamers and Wilson Tobs in ballparks built before many of their fans were born.
From the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic Coast to the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina prides itself on “having it all,” and surely the baseball fans of the region are blessed as well. With affiliated minor-league teams ranging from Rookie classification to Triple A and with four different minor leagues overlapping, North Carolina has a total of nine professional teams, eight collegiate-level Coastal Plain League teams, and over a dozen Division I college programs. The national governing body also calls North Carolina home, with Cary hosting USA Baseball in a beautiful multi-field complex. That’s more baseball per capita than just about any state in the nation, and maybe the most baseball crazy place in the world outside of Latin America. A traveling fan in North Carolina need never go a night without a cold drink and a scorecard in his hands between March and September.
If you preordered the book, you can expect it before the end of the week.
Cradle of the Game is 294 pages and costs $22.95. Ordering information is at the August Publications website; you can order it directly from our offices (and we’ll throw in free shipping!), with paperback and eBook editions available as well from Amazon.
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