Border to border, Minnesota has over three hundred town ball (amateur) baseball teams. Town Ball Parks of Minnesota takes the reader on a tour of the state’s most revered ballparks, ranging from a multi-million dollar complex in the Twin Cities to a rural field at the end of a dirt road—arguably the most remote ballpark in the state.
Over the course of several years and thousands of miles, the author traveled the state to visit these ballparks, then selected twenty-seven unique, historic and beloved ballparks. The result is a book on town ball unlike any other publication.
Town Ball Parks of Minnesota features five hundred photographs selected from over twenty thousand images, together with entertaining stories about the teams, the ballparks and the towns. For those readers who grew up with town ball, this book will highlight the sport they know and have loved for generations. For those unfamiliar with town ball, the book will afford you a glimpse into why these ballparks are considered some of the state’s greatest sports treasures.
Ready to come along on the tour? This is a trip worth taking.
Barnes & Noble (all locations)
Majestic Twins Clubhouse Store, Target Field
Dassel History Museum
Wally's Sports & Clothing, Chaska
The General Store, Minnetonka
Baseball 365, Bloomington
Red River Inn, Cold Spring
St Paul Saints Gift Shop, CHS Field
Goodthings, White Bear Lake & Maple Grove
Bibelot, all locations
MN History Center, St Paul
Unearthed Arts, Waconia
Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior
Lake Country Booksellers, White Bear Lake
Todd Mueller is a St. Paul native who, as a youngster, wore a Minnesota Twins uniform with block lettering ironed on by his mother. His number seven was a tribute to his favorite Twin, centerfielder Lenny Green.
Todd’s career was in communications and marketing, most recently as a marketing executive at a top twenty Minnesota company. He resides in a suburb of St. Paul. This is Todd’s first book.
Patrick has received many photography awards, including several honors from National Geographic. A Minnesota native, he lives on the island of Kauai where he runs several businesses, including Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops.
Wayne is a power sports photographer based in Minneapolis. His work has been featured in magazines like ESPN, American Biker and Dirt Wheels. He was inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame for his three decades of photography. He also is passionate about baseball and relished the opportunity to shoot these ballparks.