“Seventeen Innings, Twenty-Nine Years” in the Paris Review Daily

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In our penultimate piece for the Paris Review Daily, Adam Sobsey looks back on the most exciting game he’s ever been to — twenty-nine years ago at a Durham Bulls playoff game.

September 4, 1984. Twenty-nine years ago today, the Durham Bulls beat the Lynchburg Mets, 8-7 in seventeen innings, in game two of the Carolina League Championship series. I was at the game in a nominally official capacity. That year I was the “statistician” for Steve Pratt, the Bulls’ radio broadcaster.

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Back in Time, Part Two: The Manager

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
public hardware

Photos of the historic Public Hardware store in Durham by Leah Sobsey.

As the season draws to a close, and the run of days slows and grows autumnal, now seems like a good moment to look back at some early settlers of what we now take for granted as Bulls country. This is part two of a four-part series of interviews and profiles. It’s also an unforeseen expansion of my Paris Review Daily piece, out today, about the most exciting game I ever saw, which took place at the old Durham Athletic Park on September 4, 1984.

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Back in Time, Part One: The Executive

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Durham Athletic Park, 2013. Photo by Kate Joyce.

As the season draws to a close, and the run of days slows and grows autumnal, now seems like a good moment to look back at some early settlers of what we now take for granted as Bulls country. This is Part One of a four-part series of interviews and profiles. It’s also an unforeseen expansion of the Paris Review Daily piece I’ll be publishing on Wednesday, September 4, about the most exciting game I ever saw, which took place at the old Durham Athletic Park on September 4, 1984.

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Crunching the Numbers with Scoreboard Operator Chris Ivy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
chris ivy scorecard

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

There’s an old saying in baseball, that the game brings out the little kid in grown men. Sayings only get old if they stick around for a while, and they only stick around if they’re true.

I was reminded of all this at one of the Bulls’ last regular season games, when I got to spend a couple of innings behind the left field wall with scoreboard operator Chris Ivy. Recently retired from his day job with Durham County Social Services, Ivy looks a little like a thinner, healthier, happier Mark Twain, circa 1891.

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Bull City (Indian) Summer

Monday, September 2, 2013
grassy onlookers

Photo by Ivan Weiss.

As you may have noticed, it’s hot.

Summer took quite a while to get here. It started out dallying as some sort of temperate rainy season, then turned briefly, bracingly autumnal in mid-August, as though it had decided not to come at all. Finally, though, it gathered up its full humidity and heat, rounded on Durham, and draped it on us just as school started up again. The late-arriving season will be with us at least through this week’s pair of playoff games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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