Historic Baseball Trail Opens in Hot Springs


At each location, the plaque contains a QRC code that allows smartphone users access to audio that adds more information about the plaque’s significance in American baseball history. There is also a phone number to call for the audio. The foundation for the city’s baseball connection was
created in 1886 when Cap Anson brought his Chicago White Stockings (now known as the Cubs) to the city. What attracted Anson to the city was the health amenities found in town such as the hot mineral bath spas and mountain trails for hiking. He thought the resort atmosphere was the perfect location for a new training approach : annual spring training for professional baseball. Thus the tradition of spring training was born in Hot Springs.