I was in Portland, Oregon last week. I was primarily there to give a reading at Powell’s bookstore, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to visit Normandale Park, built in 1948, the first year Portland hosted the national softball tournament. At the time, newspapers described the field as the “most modern” softball stadium in the country. Today, the park’s softball field (pictured above) is named after Erv Lind, sponsor of the Florists team, which won two national titles and reached the finals several other times. I also visited the Oregon Historical Society while I was in Portland. The museum happened to have a baseball exhibit that featured a few photos of former Florists players. The one of pitcher Jackie Rice above, which the historical society reprinted in baseball card form, now lives on my refrigerator door.