‘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.”
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