“I am also the commissioner/director of the Alternative Baseball Organization, a 501(c)(3) authentic baseball experience for teens 15-plus and adults with autism and special needs across America. We are searching for coach/managers and volunteers to help us start a new program in Asheville.”
In 1916, E.W. Pearson formed the Asheville Royal Giants, the city’s first black baseball team.
Longtime journalist DeWitt Robbeloth recently moved to Asheville from Phoenix, Ariz. He visited the Xpress office a few weeks ago, offering this baseball-themed musing. Seems fitting for a post-July 4 week — baseball, apple pie and all that. You can read more at his blog (see the link at the end.)
Team to remember him with moment of silence at July 4th home game, other events to come
No matter the ability or skill level, there is a way to adapt the great American pastime to make it accessible to all.
Six Asheville Tourists baseball players and Ted E. Tourist took a break from the diamond to visit kids at Mission Children’s Hospital on May 29. They played board games, built Lego houses and, of course, played a modified game of catch. (Photos by Caitlin Byrd)
Sometimes you just need a little Getaway — not a big-to-do, not a major trip, just a little escape. Here’s the next video in our Xpress Getaway series: the Asheville Tourists at McCormick Field. Since 1924, there’s been baseball at McCormick, and everyone from Lou Gehrig to Jackie Robinson, and from Willie Stargell to Cal Ripkin Jr. has played in this historic park.
I was nervous when my oldest kid turned three, because I’d read that that’s around the age when most of us embed our first long-term memories.
The Asheville Tourists, a minor-league team in the South Atlantic League, has been sold to the DeWine family of Ohio; son Brian DeWine is moving to town with his young family.
The Asheville Tourists baseball team is back again for another season at historic McCormick Field.