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From the Cornfields to Calgary

Before there was a Field of Dreams – be it the movie starring Kevin Costner, or the actual Iowa ball diamond etched into a cornfield – there was just a guy day-dreaming in a classroom about baseball. 

In this case, it was the teacher.

We look at Alberta-author W.P. Kinsella’s time as a professor at the University of Calgary.

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Pain to Patience

“Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.” Calgary’s Nick Vickers is hoping there’s truth to that saying, as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery in October. The Dawgs Academy product is eyeing a return to Virginia Tech’s baseball program next fall, red-shirting this season as a junior. We chatted with the Dawgs southpaw during what turned out to be an emotional week on-campus.

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Wax Pack Nostalgic

Like many kids born in the 1980’s, Stu Stone was “all in” with sports cards. His father even owned a series of baseball card shops, which fueled his passion for the hobby. But in adulthood, the actor has found out it wasn’t going to bring him the riches he was always told it could become. So he made a documentary about the industry, which took a “crazy left turn” in his own personal journey.

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Swing and a Drive

Dayne Fredland is no stranger to sitting in the passenger seat of any vehicle. He spent many of his teenage years on the road between Grande Prairie and Okotoks. And he’s now traveling the open roads of the north-central United States plying his trade in the college ranks. But home is still where his heart is.

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Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson

It’s not quite as iconic as the Brooklyn Dodgers hat that we associate with Jackie Robinson.

But for one night anyway, Robinson was kind enough to trade in his baseball cap for a white cowboy hat.

Just two months after winning his first and only World Series – which was also the first and only title the Brooklyn Dodgers captured – Robinson found himself in Calgary and, well, he was introduced to a folksy Alberta tradition.

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Jet Setters

For Vauxhall Baseball Academy players Jaden Griffin, Damiano Palmegiani and Martin Vincelli-Simard, you just hope their suitcase-packing skills are as good as their baseball abilities.

The trio barely had a chance to return to Alberta from Florida – where they suited up for Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team (JNT) during a hectic 12-day stretch of spring training action against MLB prospects – before they were headed south again for tournament play in Las Vegas.

Vauxhall’s team name – Jets – was never more appropriate.

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Spitz Shine

It is all-hands-on-deck around Spitz Stadium in Lethbridge, as crews put the finishing touches on a $2.3-million renovation. While fans can’t wait for baseball season to start, team officials can’t wait for Old Man Winter to take a hike and let the work get done.

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