Chronological Tour: Stop 93

It Ainít Chicken Feed

Home-plate entrance to Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, Jul-2010.

The seating bowl is typical of mid-1990s ballparks.

The view from behind the plate, with the field decked out in stars for the Fourth of July.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs
Marylandís Eastern Shore had lacked for affiliated professional baseball for about 45 years until 1996, when the Maryland Baseball Partnership came along and built a new park in Salisbury, just south of the Delaware state line. The Partnership also ran the teams in Bowie and Frederick.

The Delmarva Shorebirds could not affiliate with the Baltimore Orioles until 1997, thanks to previously existing South Atlantic League player development contracts. However, they are now happily tied in with the Oís.

In the 14 years between my visits to the ballpark, the management expanded the facility slightly, adding a picnic area down the right-field line and a merry-go-round down the left-field line. As is the case in Aberdeen and a few other places, the area directly behind the plate is taken up by a reserved dining area.

The park itself contains all the typical amenities of a 1990s facility, although there is nothing in particular to recommend it. However, if youíre vacationing in Ocean City, 24 miles east, itís worth the drive.

Game # Date League Level Result
204 Thu 25-Jul-1996 South Atlantic A DELMARVA 5, Greensboro 4
1060 Sun 4-Jul-2010 South Atlantic A Hickory 5, DELMARVA 2
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