Baseball at the Bend

(South Bend, Indiana) Three friends and I motored on down to Four Winds Field on the last day of July to watch the South Bend Cubs fall 8-1 to the red-hot Hot Rods of Bowling Green on as delightful a summer evening as you could hope to find anywhere.  Baseball at the south bend of the Saint Joseph River with three friends who are as passionate about baseball as I am: now that’s livin’ easy.  Oh, the South Bend Cubs, of course, are affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, and my three friends are avid Cubs fan, so I even went and bought a Cubs hat.  Not a Chicago Cubs hat, but a South Bend Cubs hat.  There’s a difference, folks.  Big difference. And don’t worry, I was wearing my White Sox socks and White Sox muscle shirt to keep myself in the game.  Now, with no further ado, here are the snaps:

Wayne (left) and John (right) lead Don and me into the ballpark.

The view from our seats in sections 104 behind the Cubs dugout.

A little stretching is always in order before the game.

The Cubs’ starter had a good start, but got into trouble early on.

Gotta keep that man on first.

A baseball legend coaching at first base for the Cubs.

The Cubs mascot is named “Stu” for the Studebaker automobiles that were once made in South Bend. Oh, and the Cubs were once the Silver Hawks, and, yes, even the South Bend White Sox. So, I go way back with this franchise.

Day baseball becomes night baseball in South Bend.


About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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