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Why they yell 'Tarzan' in Columbus Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio---Some of America's most profound baseball history is unlocked at Huntington Park, the two year home of the Columbus Clippers of the International League.
The beautiful stadium is built on reclaimed land that had been the site of the Ohio Penitenitary.
This no-bull pen opened in 1834 and closed in 1983. A couple of its more famous players included George "Bugs" Moran and Sam Shepard, the inspiration for the hit television show and movie "The Fugitive." The crumbling penitentiary was razed in 1998 and the 22-acre site has become the hub of nightlife activity in downtown Columbus in what is called "The Arena District......"

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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