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The 8th installment in "The Boys Of Summer Series" revolves around not only two former big leaguers, but also the rich history of baseball in Keokuk, IA.
Waypoint #1 will take you to the final resting place of Jeremiah "Jerry" Harrington. Jerry played catcher for 3 years with the Cincinnati Red Legs and also 1 more with Louisville Colonels. Known for his defense, Jerry is widely thought to be the first catcher to throw to 2nd base while still in a crouched position. At this location you will need the following information about two other family members:
Timothy died in 18AB
Daniel died in 19CD
Waypoint #2 will take you to the final resting place of Ralph Bell. Ralph was a relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox for 3 games. Though he didn't have much success at the big league level, it is still quite an accomplishment for a kid from Kahoka, MO.
The coordinates for this location are N40.24.C5B
Here you will need to find out when Ralph's wife Blisa was born? March EF, 18GH
Waypoint #3 will take you to the former location of Home Plate at Joyce Park, which housed minor league and semi-pro teams for decades. Two of the players that played here were Roger Maris and Tim McCarver.
Coordinates for this location are N40.24.H5G
While admiring the plaque you will need to find the years of service for this field? 18JK - 199L
The final cache is a nano container located at N40.24.K50
This will take you to a city park with an amazing view of the river. This location is also very close to where the Keokuk Westerns played in 1875 in the National Association, which became the National League in 1876. The Westerns disbanned after only 13 games, but Keokuk still had a major league team for a while.
PLEASE BRING A PENCIL TO LOG CACHE.
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Last Updated: on 8/13/2014 5:26:48 PM Pacific Daylight Time (12:26 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum