I will admit, when this project started, I sat it out because I didn't figure I'd be interested. But, I was wrong in a big way. So, to get involved, I'm going to be running an expansion draft. Pretty much anyone not already claimed is fair game, and I'll be following the other rules set forth throughout the original draft.
To get started, I'm going to put forth my stadium and manager first, then I'll announce my starting fielders, my bench players, then my pitchers - I'm envisioning four posts in all.
I'm starting with stadium and manager because they're easiest, if I'm being honest. I just want to get something out there to get started.
I grew up in Indianapolis, visiting Bush Stadium since as long as I can remember. It's said its ivy walls were the inspiration for those at Wrigley. Above the main turnstiles, there were big murals of old Indians players who went on to the majors. It hosted not only the Indians, but the city's Negro Leagues teams as well. Looking back, the teepee in CF was way out-of-bounds, so that's out now that I'm in charge.
I'm currently working my way through The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans by Lawrence Powell, a history professor at Tulane. It's occasionally dry in its recounting of names, but the history of New Orleans as a city that kept itself as independent as possible from the various 17th and 18th century colonial powers is an interesting one. I'm almost up to the Louisiana Purchase.
On deck, I have Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard, so I have a little mini theme of city-based historical books going on right now.