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Iowa Baseball Dreams

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Iowa Oaks Scoreboard, circa 1981, Des Moines.

DES MOINES, Ia.-It is an unprecedented American journey, a backpack of humble unlike anything professional baseball has seen.
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is in his fourth season as a minor league baseball manager. He served two seasons in Peoria, Ill. before moving to the double play shadows of Dollywood in Western Tennessee and now for the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines (metro pop. 563,000).
No Hall of Famer has paid his managerial dues like this.

"Maybe Frank Robinson, who went to winter ball for two years but he was still playing," Sandberg said on his bench before his I-Cubs dropped a double header to the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Yes, teams are called Isotopes in minor league baseball.....

Cooking WIth Chimney Corners

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FRANKFORT, Mich.---More than time is measured at Chimney Corners Resort.
The homespun resort about 30 miles southwest of Traverse City celebrates its 75th anniversary this summer. Guests who eat in the resort lodge near Crystal Lake are dining from the legacy creations of Mollie Rogers, the daughter-in-law of the resort founders and mother of current owner Jim Rogers. Mollie is 88 years old. She's as sharp as a needle from one of the resort's white pine trees.

Don't miss an opportunity to sit down and have a chat. A session with Mollie at the corners would be like sitting with Conrad at the Hilton.
Mollie has authored six cookbooks with her unique ideas for shrimp jambalaya, baked chicken strata and Gazpacho, which she considers one of her specialties, especially on these scorching summer days:

Dave Hoekstra

Dave Hoekstra has been a Chicago Sun-Times staff writer since 1985. His collection of Sun-Times travel columns, "Ticket To Everywhere," was published in 2000 by Lake Claremont Press. He was lead writer for "Farm Aid: Song for America" (Rodale Press, 2005) which commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Willie Nelson inspired effort.
He won a 1987 Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick O-Type Award for Column Writing. Hoekstra wrote and co-proudced the WTTW-Channel 11 PBS special: "The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement," nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for a documentary program/cultural significance.
He lives in Chicago.


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