Music - Edge of Sundown by the Danny Joe Brown Band
Photographed in August of 2014
Dunsmuir City Ballpark - Opened in 1921 and still in use. Dunsmuir is "home to the best water on earth." i can attest, it is REALLY good water.
Location - On Dunsmuir Ave. at the north end of town. The park is located where the botanical gardens is. Locals told me the field pretty much looks the same as when the Babe visited in 1924.
You might wonder why I have posted photos of a ramshackle little ballpark in the middle of nowhere. Well, this nondescript park has a history. On October 22, 1924, an exhibition game was played with two of the New York Yankees. Bob Meusel and some guy named Ruth.... Yes the Bambino had come to Dunsmuir. He and Meusel delighted the crowd with their batting. Legend has it that the Babe cleared the trees on a drive to right field and supposedly the ball landed in the Sacramento River. The ball was never recovered. The Babe loved Dunsmuir so much, that he came back and the towns people took him salmon fishing on the nearby Klamath River. He also allegedly brought Lou Gehrig with him one fall and they went duck hunting. Knowing the Babe loved to have a good time, I have no doubt that the Bambino turned Dunsmuir on its ear back in the day.
Babe Ruth wrote the townspeople a letter after his first visit and here is what he said: "To everybody (and that means everybody) in Dunsmuir, Calif. We don't know yet how to tell you what a wonderful time we had in Dunsmuir. When it comes to beautiful girls, wonderfully fine fellows, and the real two-fisted spirit of California -- little Dunsmuir gave us more laughs, more hospitality, more thrills, and more things to remember than any place between Broadway & Shasta.".
If you want to go see the park, Dunsmuir is about 50 miles north of Redding, California off Interstate 5, and about 80 miles south of the Oregon border on that same I-5. Dunsmuir is located in Siskiyou County and is at the foot of Mt. Shasta. The Sacramento and McCloud rivers run thru the area before heading into Shasta Lake. Dunsmuir used to be a vacation playground for the rich at the turn of the 20th century. Now, Dunsmuir is a vacation destination for the great outdoors of the Shasta Cascades. Hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing are just a few things people do. I've been going to Dunsmuir since 1966 and its a really cool area. Dunsmuir is like stepping back in time.
Dunsmuir is about 50 miles north of Redding California on I-5. And about 50 miles south of the Oregon border.
YES the Babe did indeed play here. The grandstand looks the same as it did in 1924.
Mount Shasta stands behind right field. Mt. Shasta is a dormant volcano, and home to a ski lodge in winter.