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Edited by Richard Demak
July 15, 1991
Ballot Botch Fans turned the All-Star Game into the Some-Star Game
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July 15, 1991


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Bill Craib and Sue Easier are discovering America through baseball. In April, Craib, 27, and Easier, 23, left their jobs—and possibly their senses—in Hanover, N.H., to embark upon an odyssey they hope will take them to all 178 major and minor league ballparks during the 1991 season.

Craib, a radio newsman and sometime bartender, conceived of this trip in 1986, when he spent a season as sales director for the Class A Macon (Ga.) Pirates. He and Easier, who had been working as a waitress, cooled $4,000 in savings and drove off in his new Plymouth. The baseball watching started in Oakland on Opening Day and isn't supposed to finish until they see a game at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 6.

At the All-Star break, the pair had covered more than 26,000 miles and had visited exactly 100 ballparks, camping out most of the time to conserve cash. They nearly ran out of money in June, but after learning about the tour, a few minor league booster clubs gave Craib and Easier donations and the Foot Locker chain threw in $1,000. Even with those contributions, Craib says that without more sponsors the trip could end prematurely.

But, ah, what memories: the fans in Orlando, bashing one another with water balloons; those kids in San Antonio, chasing a giant tomato-headed, taco-bodied mascot around the bases; that end-of-the-world thunderstorm at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa. Craib and Easier have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch seven times, and they joined Roger Clemens as members of the Beehive Field Hall of Fame, in New Britain, Conn. Oh, yes, then there was Nolan Ryan's seventh no-hitter, at Arlington Stadium.

"This thing is building momentum," says Craib. "It's fun to come from obscurity and be somebody for a summer."

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