Virtual Bike Tour of Baseball Sites was an early feature of the blog. I was riding my stationary bike and plotting my course on a Goggle map. The plan was to 'travel' enough miles to virtually visit each major league ballpark. On the way, I would 'visit' (by showing their baseball cards) players in the home towns as I passed through. I wasn't likely to do such a trip for real so I thought this would be the next best thing. At some point it got too much to get to the gym often enough to maintain the feature but since I retired last January I'm at the gym 2-3 days a week. Time to get back on the journey.
When I left off, I was in Wichita Kansas, visiting with a couple of former Phillies. My next stop was planned to be Salina Kansas. Here's the trip so far.
Salina is a small town with a population of about 48,000 people and lots of wheat. It's motto is "Right Place. Right reason. Right now". According to it's Wikipedia page the largest employer is Tony's Pizza with 1,850 employees. It must be the largest pizza joint in the world. It turns out there are a few baseball players born in Salina.
1993 Stadium Club #210 Pat Meares
1964 Topps #157 Gene Mauch
2001 Topps Traded #35 Ryan Kohlmeier
2009 Topps Update #303 Luke French
The only other player born in Salina was Bob Swift who was born in 1915. He had a 14-year career as a catcher, mostly with the Tigers. I've got no cards of his.
That wraps up Salina Kansas.