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Taking the family out to the ball games

September 08, 2005|By: Amy Senk

Our trip continued, and so did the baseball. We drove west to

Kansas City, stopping to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

After watching a Royals game, we drove north 320 miles to Cedar

Rapids, Iowa -- a river town that smells like cooking oatmeal from

the Quaker Oats plant downtown. We were going to meet friends at a

Kernels game that night, in order to watch the Angels' Class A farm

team.

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But first, we drove another 60 miles to Dyersville, where the

movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed. Fathers and sons threw pitches

and ran bases while younger kids played catch and ran in and out of

the tall cornfields in the outfield.

That night, back in Cedar Rapids, the Kernels played in their

four-year-old stadium. The players may not be as polished and the

ballpark may not be as much of a time capsule as in Little Rock, but

there were grassy areas for kids to play, and the players worked hard

to win the game in extra innings.

It was a great dose of baseball, and our children -- ages 7 and

nearly 3 -- loved it as much as the adults did.

It's something all true baseball fans should attempt, a

ball-oriented road trip that takes you to new places, even back in

time.

* AMY SENK is a Corona del Mar resident.

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