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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Twenty-Five Years and Counting: A few innings with the Durham Bulls’ official scorer

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Brent Belvin keeping score

Photo by Kate Joyce.

It’s the bottom of the second inning on a rainy July evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Charlotte Knights are in town, closing out the final evening of a four-game set. At the far left side of the press box, Brent Belvin — the Bulls’ official scorer — is camped once more in the spot he’s occupied for twenty-five years.

The press box windows are open, and that particular variety of Carolina breeze is drifting in — warm, gentle, approximately 115 percent humidity.

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Father’s Day

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father’s Day from all of us here at Bull City Summer. In celebration of the holiday, and of all the men in our lives, some paternal-themed images and musings from the ballpark and beyond:

Father’s Day at the Ballpark

Do fathers still play catch with their kids? Do they come home from a long day at the office or factory, loosen their ties or trade their work boots for tennis shoes, and grab their gloves?

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