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During the Gary SouthShore RailCats' inaugural season in 2002, the players spent an estimated 200 hours on buses?traveling approximately 12,000 miles without their own ballpark to call home. Indeed, the diamond at U.S. Steel Yard was still under construction, forcing the team to play its entire first season on the road. But while the trip could have been a rocky way for an organization to start out, it instead forecasted a wild ride ahead in which the RailCats never stopped moving. After just four years, the RailCats captured their first Northern League title, marking the first of five straight appearances in the championship series?a Northern League record. Despite that first year away from home, the RailCats seem to have settled in well at U.S. Steel Yard. Within the park, views of the South Shore commuter train remind fans of the team's origins, and a 55-foot scoreboard towers over left-centerfield in much the same way early pitchers once towered over batters from atop a stack of milk crates.
1 Stadium Plz.
Gary,
IN
US
What makes it great: one of baseball’s most historic ballparks—more than a century old, with new additions in 2015; much beloved (and maligned) sports team; great camaraderie and legendary bleachers
1060 W Addison St
Chicago,
IL
US
Unlike an outdoor field, The Perfect Swing's more than 60,000 sq. ft. facility isn't ever affected by bad weather or movie crews shooting yet another inspiring comeback story. The sound of cracking bats and thudding balls fills the training space rain or shine year-round. Baseball and softball players face off against seven automatic pitching machines, which hurl balls at speeds between 35–70 miles per hour, while pitchers work their arms in 17 practice tunnels. The Perfect Swing also offers four indoor turf fields for year-round baseball, softball, and soccer. Shoppers who are looking to stock up on softball and baseball equipment can visit the on-site store. Athletes aren't left to swing and throw blindly, though. The Perfect Swing boasts a staff of more than 25 baseball and softball instructors, including many current and former professional players. During private and group instruction, these experts help students hone fundamental skills in areas such as hitting, pitching, catching, fielding, and agility. Instructors also lead outdoor baseball camps during the summer months.
8251 Lemont Rd
Darien,
IL
US
The ThunderBolts' swift pitches and powerful swings have twice led them to being crowned champions of the Frontier League—a set of a dozen independent pro baseball teams. This season, right-handed hurler Dustin Williams has led the 'Bolts pitching staff and fanned 29 batters over 24.1 innings in his first four starts. Meanwhile, catcher Zach Aakhus has been chasing the league’s slugging title with a .365 average through 18 games and an industrial-strength butterfly net. Groupon holders may choose from more than 30 remaining home games in 2011, catching more flies than a bullfrog dipped in honey from their upper- and lower-deck seats.
14011 Kenton Ave
Crestwood,
IL
US
Tri-Fitness's duo of certified trainers help clients, from athletes to those who have never exercised, build their personal fitness through both functional and sports-specific training methods. As the conditioning and speed coach for the Chicago Force women's football team, Tri-Fitness founder Ron Munvez specializes in helping athletes such as runners, golfers, and baseball players fine-tune their bodies for peak performance. He and fellow trainer Brian Lyons lead a vigorous boot-camp program and TRX Suspension classes whose exercise machines use the exerciser’s own body weight to build and tone muscle, accommodating clients of all ages and fitness levels. The recently expanded facility houses a collection of modern fitness equipment, including weighted kettlebells, Schwinn stationary bikes, and giant steel hamster wheels.
2617 W Fletcher St
Chicago,
IL
US
Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Chicago's Armour Square district. If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size. null The parking lot near Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field will have you in and out in a jiffy. If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include Sox-35th (Red Line) and 35-bronzeville-iit (Green Line). Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Chicago White Sox U.S. Cellular Field.
333 West 35th Street
Chicago,
IL
US

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