In Utica: the Dogpatch of Baseball

These past few years a couple of sportswriters on Florida papers kept bumping into each other on the sportswriters' circuit, and when their workdays were done, they tended to talk baseball, a shared passion. In time these discussions moved beyond the esoterica that baseball nuts adore. Instead they became romantic, roseate, starry-eyed dialogues on the notion of owning their own team. Then last November, the romance died. They bought a ball club.

The deal was sealed on the telephone. Greg Larson, who is based in Jacksonville, learned that the Utica Blue Sox team , in the Class A New York- Penn...

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