Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Offseason Tip: Weird Baseball Landmarks

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Baseball season may be over, but fans can still get their fix.

To tide them over until spring training, Chris Epting, author of Roadside Baseball (Santa Monica Press), recommends fans hit up the sport’s quirkiest landmarks.

There’s Willis Pond in Sudbury, Massachusetts, an ice skating rink that boasts the “Loch Ness Monster of baseball.”

Legend has it that in 1918 Babe Ruth was playing piano for a bunch of drunken cronies out on the ice. He left the piano there and when the rink thawed out, it sunk to the bottom.

To this day, sonar searches are held for The Great Bambino’s elusive lost piano.

Epting also suggests visiting Hotel Buckminster in Boston, where fans can stay in the very room where the infamous 1919 Black Sox scheme was hatched.

Finally, a marina in Martinez, California, displays a boat that once belonged to Joe DiMaggio. He used to cruise around in it with Marilyn Monroe.

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