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Saturday, April 20, 2024

A Page from the Playbook

Learn something new in a guided tour of Bosse Field

Sure, you’ve been to Bosse Field to cheer on Evansville Otters baseball or the Triplets or Braves before them. Maybe you were an extra in 1991 during filming of “A League of Their Own.” Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes? Step into the dugout of the 109-year-old stadium.

The Scoop

Guided by Public Address Announcer Zane Clodfelter, hourlong tours cover every- thing between the rooftop and the bowels of the ballpark. Get a bird’s-eye view of the field from the press box. Pay homage to the Otters’ first coach, Charles Boots,

in the home team’s locker room. Study retired jerseys and one-of-a-kind memora- bilia in the clubhouse.

The Verdict

Whether you grew up visiting Bosse Field or this is your first time, you’ll learn something new — like that the ballpark’s exterior was white stucco, not red brick, through the 1950s. Plus, sitting in the Rockford Peaches’ World Series dugout is a treat.

Need to Know

Tours are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and involve lots of walking and climbing stairs. Just like general admission seats to a game, tours cost $5 per person.

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