News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Play ball. That’s what fans heard from 1887-1906 at University of Vermont’s Athletic Park where baseball games, along with football and track and field events, were held, says the Burlington Free Press. UVM’s team made national history in 1893 when they played in what is now the College World Series. Friends of UVM Baseball decided to honor those years of success by requesting the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation place a marker at the original site located at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Intervale Road. The field also served as the site for Burlington’s baseball team in the first Northern League from 1901-1906. The marker pays tribute to several collegiate stars who went on to become major league players, Negro League stars, and Olympians who competed in track. The site is the recent subject of a book by Burlington author and lawyer Tom Simon called The Wonder Team in the White City,, in which Simon writes about the 1893 team and its trip to the first Intercollegiate Baseball Tournament during the World’s Fair in Chicago.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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