Here is a nice nostalgic history about the Spring Garden section of the city by Patricia McLaughlin. She moved there in the early ’80s and has seen it change in many ways since then. Not only is this good reading, it’s a reminder than the resurrection and reclamation of some the historic areas of our major cities is not just something that happened in the last decade or two; it’s being going on a long time.
Patricia was the founding editor of a never-quite-got-off-the-ground local magazine for teenagers back in the day. I was going to write sports for them, but the only piece I ever got to do, for the pilot issue, was an interview with Robin Yount, who came into the American League at the tender age of 18 and played for 20 years with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
That’s reason enough to remember that assignment but what made it even more so was that I did that interview at old Yankee Stadium, down on the field before a Sunday afternoon game. It was my first visit to that iconic site and walking in through the players’ entrance and then down the tunnel to the field was the kind of thrill that stays with you.