small town ball

The local TV/radio station WCCO (“your good neighbor to the north”) does a survey every once in awhile where viewers vote for “Best Small Town Ballpark.” Seems like they did it in 2011, and now again this year. The Minnesota Baseball Association also ran an online survey on the same topic this year. The winner, in all three surveys, was Jack Ruhr Field, in the little town of Miesville, home of the Mudhens, who play in the Classic Cannon Valley League. miesville park

Nice looking park. I also like the Mudhen logo.Miesville Mudhens 3

Another park that rates highly in the surveys is the Mini-Met, in Jordan. mini met - jordan mn Looks like a nice place to watch a game on a summer evening. (Field Trip!) The Mini-Met is the home of the Jordan Brewers, who play in the River Valley League.

One park that has never made the list, I don’t think, is the Al Nyberg ballpark, in Hibbing. Hibbing ballpark c  fr - mtpmcg5613 sm - 0131 It’s a nice ball park with a covered grandstand. Difficult to take pictures of, though, when it’s all locked up. I had to scale and perch on the left field fence for this shot. Nyberg Field is the home of the Hibbing Miners, a Northeastern Class B team in the Arrowhead League. For many years the town was home of the legendary Hibbing Greyhounds, and then, for 23 years, there was no Hibbing team. But the Miners are now going strong, into their seventh season.

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