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The Historic Baseball Trail

When you think of Hot Springs, Arkansas, you may or may not think of Major League Baseball. In fact, prior to our recent visit to Hot Springs, we were unaware of the MLB history that exists down south.

Nestled away in this National Park there is a Historic Baseball Trail which takes you all over the city to specific points where the players stayed, trained, and enjoyed the city. 



In 1886 the Chicago White Stockings, known today as the Cubs, traveled to Hot Springs for something no other team had ever heard of, Spring Training. Yes, Spring Training began in Hot Springs, Arkansas! Soon big name players and teams, for example, Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox, traveled to Hot Springs to train by day and relax in the healing properties of the natural springs by night. 


Today, you can swing by the Visitor Center and pick up a map that will direct you all over town to the sites where legends stood and records were set. 










To complete the trail we advise having the following items:
  1. Official Map - Located at the Visitor's Center. We tried searching online but were able to find one. 
  2. Good, comfortable pair of walking shoes 
  3. Fresh water 
  4. Reliable transportation (i.e., Car) - There are some sites that are just too far to walk to. 
  5. Your Camera 

Overall, we believe this free activity is a must for baseball fans as it chronicles early baseball history and the birth of Spring Training. While a lot of the sites are located on the green markers you see in the images above there are also historical items to be found on the sidewalks downtown and in the museums. 






Prior to reading this post, were you aware of the baseball history in Arkansas? 

1 comment

  1. Boston Red Sox...the team that aspires to be the St. Louis Cardinals when they grow up! Oops, sorry Kyle. Actually, very cool. Never knew there was so much baseball history in Hot Springs!

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