will allow visitors to tour the city and visit places where America’s baseball
legends came to play, train and visit during baseball’s golden age,” said Steve
Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs in a news release. “ More than 45 percent of the people in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., either played baseball or were in some way associated with baseball training in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.”
with training, playing, visiting or otherwise being in Hot Springs, many from
the late 19th Century,” Arrison continued. “Five pre-eminent baseball historians have painstakingly documented the Hot Springs connection to what became known as the sport’s spring training.
According to a news release written by Paul Johnson, twenty-six cast-aluminum plaques have been installed all over the city at locations that range from the spot where Babe Ruth in 1918 smacked a home run that traveled 573 feet and landed in an alligator pit at the Arkansas Alligator Farm to the site of the hotel where Ruth flipped a coin with his manager to determine Ruth’s salary for the next year.
access an audio narration that adds more information about the plaque’s significance in American baseball history. A website has also been created that allows access to a complete list of the plaques, with the ability to click on a specific site to learn more information related to that location and the player or players associated with it.
The top photo is of Leo Durocher ( standing) at the 1939 Dodgers at the old Eastman Hotel in Hot Springs.