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Book reading: Mark Cryan at Quail Ridge Books

Cradle of the GameIf you’re in the Raleigh-Durham area, you’re in for a treat: Mark Cryan will be at Quail Ridge Books tomorrow night (April 9) at 7 p.m. to discuss his book Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks of North Carolina.

The glory of North Carolina baseball past and present is richly detailed in the Second Edition of Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina. The comprehensive volume explores minor-league and leading college ballparks large and small. It will entertain readers interested in Tar Heel state baseball history, and serve as a guide to visitors of today’s ballparks.

The Tar Heel State has a special place in the baseball world; it’s a place where affiliated teams play at almost every level — from rookie ball to Triple-A — and college players complete in the NCAA and the Coastal Plain League. In Cradle of the Game, their stories are richly told, with a chapter devoted to each of the teams competing the state.

Author Mark Cryan has many years of North Carolina baseball experience, starting out in the business by working for legendary minor league executive Miles Wolff. Highlights of the book include interviews with Wolff, who talks about his involvement in making Bull Durham, as well as with legendary manager Jack McKeon, who reflects on life in the game.

You can read more about the book here.

Quail Ridge Books is at 3522 Wade Avenue in Raleigh. Call 919/828-1588 for more information or check out the bookstore’s Website at

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