Minor League Officials Meet with Durham to Discuss DAP Museum

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Durham officials and representatives of Minor League Baseball conferred on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, about the possibility of developing historic Durham Athletic Park on West Corporation Street into a museum, and as a possible training site for umpires and other baseball employees.

For more on this story check out the January 24th feature in The Herald-Sun.

And check out the WRAL.com story posted preliminary to the meeting:

‘Bull Durham’ Park May Host Museum, Training Center
Posted on WRAL.com on Jan. 22, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. — Minor League Baseball officials are considering building a baseball museum or training center at the old Durham Athletic Park – home to the team featured in the 1988 film “Bull Durham.”

John Cook, the executive director of Minor League Baseball, and Vice President Pat O’Conner will travel to Durham this week to meet with local Durham boosters to discuss some preliminary ideas, said Jim Ferguson, media relations director of the administrative arm for minor league teams across the country.

“It’s been very conceptual thus far,” said Ferguson, adding that officials may consider using the ballpark as a training center where umpires, groundskeepers and other employees could learn their trade. He said officials have also proposed the idea of a minor league baseball museum.

The ballpark was the home of the Durham Bulls until 1995, when a new park was built.

Durham County Commissioner Lewis Cheek said he would like to see a hall of fame that could draw tourists, building on the popularity of “Bull Durham.” The 1988 film starred Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins as minor league baseball players and Susan Sarandon as a devoted fan.

“That movie is viewed as being one of the best movies of all time,” Cheek said. “People recognize Durham from that movie.”

Thanks to WRAL.com for this inset capcom story.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story.

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