Hank Willis Thomas and the Season’s Final Home Stand

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas at work. Photo by Ivan Weiss.

Hank Willis Thomas, Bull City Summer’s final guest artist, was brought in to help document the last home stand of the regular season. Hank is an accomplished conceptual photographer and artist who works primarily with themes of identity, history and pop culture. After noting the breadth of our photographers’ impressive, season-long work, Hank was determined to find a new, creative way to document the ballpark during the time he was here in Durham.

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The Adopter of the Bulls

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I’ve just picked up Ben Ward from his on-campus apartment at Duke University. He’s a philosophy professor and dean for student development at Duke, where he’s worked for two decades. He’s also co-founder and director of The Pitchforks, Duke’s premiere all-male a cappella group. It’s not surprising that Professor Ward has amassed a huge network of student contacts over the years, but it’s remarkable just how well he nurtures these relationships. He sends out regular email updates, organizes meet-ups with alumni and invites current students to do homework and listen to music in his apartment, where more than thirty-five thousand CDs — most of them classical — line the walls.

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Darlene Clayton: From Baseball to Blood Spatter

Monday, July 8, 2013
Darlene Clayton

Photo by Leah Sobsey.

Next to the ticket window at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is a glass-doored office. If you’ve ever taken the elevator down from the stadium to the first floor or exited through the back of the gift shop, you may have found yourself here, a cool, air-conditioned reception area through which members of the media, umpires, Bulls staff members, players and scouts all enter the ballpark. At the front desk sits a woman in her late sixties with twinkly eyes, a wide smile and a strong Southern accent.

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Bobbie and Marvin

Friday, June 7, 2013
Bobbie and Marvin at home

Photo by Eliza Harris.

Triple-A baseball is an unpredictable sport, but come to a Bulls game and there are a number of certainties. Jatovi McDuffie will be on the field between innings, announcing promotional games. Vendors will be roaming through the stands and staffing the concessions booths, hawking costly hot dogs, popcorn and beer. And in two prime seats just behind home plate, you’ll find Bobbie and Marvin Wheeler, nursing beers and watching the game with silent intensity.

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The Mayor of the Stadium

Monday, May 27, 2013
Jatovi McDuffie

Left: Jatovi dressed for Star Wars Night, May 11, 2013. Right: Jatovi watches the game with fans. Photos by Kate Joyce.

Jatovi McDuffie doesn’t smile; he beams. When he talks to you, his eyes widen and his face lights up, then he laughs with his whole body. He’s easy to recognize from across the stands—arms folded at an angle, black Durham Bulls Baseball Club shirt neatly tucked into his khaki shorts, head tilted to one side as he listens and nods and confers.

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Welcome to Bull City Summer!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

2013 is the 25th anniversary of the hit movie Bull Durham. Bull City Summer will cover all 72 home games during the 2013 season at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the results—in literary writing and art photography—will update the brand created by that movie for this historic minor league baseball franchise.

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