5. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Class A -- Braves, Carolina League) Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Stadium: Coastal Federal Field
Vacation spot Myrtle Beach may be one of the few minor league locations players regret getting called up from. Its Grand Strand offers water parks, dinner shows, and the largest cluster of golf courses in the world, including Barefoot Resort and The Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Its stadium, Coastal Federal Field, is also a museum of Braves history -- the seats there were transplanted from the old Fulton County Stadium.
6. Charleston RiverDogs (Class A -- Yankees, South Atlantic League) Location: Charleston, South Carolina Stadium: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
Charleston began its relationship with baseball in 1886, with the Southern League's Seagulls, and has also had teams named the Palmettos, Pals and Rainbows before settling on the RiverDogs in 1994. Bill Murray is a part-owner, and under the creative guidance of president Mike Veeck (son of the legendary Bill, also the man behind the White Sox's Disco Demolition Night) the team is thriving, having drawn at least 240,000 fans each of the past four seasons. The fact that "The Joe," as the park is known, has picturesque views along the Ashley River doesn't hurt, either.
7. Augusta Greenjackets (Class A -- Giants, South Atlantic League) Location: Augusta, Ga. Stadium: Lake Olmstead Stadium
Augusta is known for The Masters, but let's be realistic: You have no chance of playing a round at the National. You do have a shot at seeing a game in the city where the "Georgia Peach," Ty Cobb, played in his first season as a pro (1904). The Greenjackets are keeping the baseball spirit alive in Augusta; recently bought by the Ripken Group, a revamped Lake Olmstead Stadium has played host to quality baseball of late, as the Jackets have been scorching the opposition in the South Atlantic League.
1. Located in his hometown of Royston, Georgia -- and opened in 1998, on the 37th anniversary of his death -- the Ty Cobb Museum hosts photographs and trophies, medals and artifacts, in addition to a theater named after "The Georgia Peach." Of course, such a nickname seems ironic when one considers how much of an all-around villain Cobb was reputed to be. But Royston is nevertheless worth a trip if you have even a fleeting interest in baseball history and the man many consider to be the greatest hitter of all time.
2. While taking in the Class A Pelicans, you would be remiss to not take in the rest of the Grand Strand. Broadway at the Beach -- the center of Myrtle Beach shopping -- is a good place to begin, whether you're jonesing for swimming, seafood, or shopping. And there are more golf courses here than anywhere else on Planet Earth, so take your pick. You won't be alone; 14 million visitors come to Myrtle Beach alone each year.
3. It's been a decade since the Olympics were held in Atlanta, but after Turner Field, head over to Centennial Olympic Park. In commemoration of the 1996 Games, the park serves as both a relaxing sanctuary and bustling center of downtown development. Try to dodge the computer-controlled water jets in the famous "Fountain of Rings," or take in one of the many events and concerts. Right next door is the Georgia Aquarium, the Falcons' Georgia Dome, and the Hawks' Philips Arena.