Baseball City USA
"I have no problem with our friends in the medical profession referring to this fine city as the City of Medicine, but I do submit that it is time for somebody to declare Durham as Baseball City, USA.
We have the Durham Bulls, arguably, No, not really even arguably, the best known minor league team in the country.
Then there is the movie, considered by many as the best sports movie ever made, and certainly the best baseball movie ever filmed. Where was Bull Durham shot, and where do most people associate it with? Durham N.C.
USA Baseball, the policy making body for all amateur baseball from the Olympics on down to all the international and national youth teams fielded annually; where are they headquartered? Durham, N.C.
Baseball America, the only remaining National newspaper formatted, baseball only, publication. Where are they located? Durham, N.C.
Not 1, but 2 NCAA Division 1 baseball programs. Duke University and North Carolina Central University. Most towns and cities in this great country don't have one, much less two Division 1 programs, but Durham, NC does.
Miles Wolff, former owner of both the Durham Bulls and Baseball America, remains an influential force in minor league baseball with multiple holdings. Where is he headquartered? Durham, N.C.
And now here comes Minor League Baseball. No, not a team. We already have the Bulls. The governing body of all organized baseball, the leaders, the hierarchy, the front office, about to open a Durham operation. An undertaking that includes the resurrection and renovation of the treasured Durham Athletic Park; a home field for NCCU, continuation of popular festivals and public celebrations, clinics and laboratories for educating and training future baseball leaders, and perhaps, maybe, someday, a minor league museum and Hall of Fame with an exciting Fan Experience.
Ah, yes, Durham, NC, (Baseball) City, USA!"
Durham Bulls Baseball Club