Walter Triebel took the ultimate baseball road trip.
In 2013, the retired college textbook author and Intel Corporation retiree attended a home game of each of the 14 teams in the South Atlantic League, including a Greenville Drive game at Fluor Field.
His road trip turned into a book, “Road-Tripping the South Atlantic League,” published by McFarland & Co.
In the book, Triebel features the history of the league and baseball in each of its cities, profiles of each team, alumni who went on to play in the majors, descriptions of each stadium, restaurants, baseball-related attractions and other things to do while in town.
“Over the years, I have done extensive baseball travel that has taken me to most of the major league ballparks,” Triebel wrote in the book’s preface. “I have focused on attending minor league games with the intent of seeing up-and-coming top prospects play during the early years of their professional careers. During a South Atlantic League baseball road trip, a traveler will surely see a number of prospects who will turn into tomorrow’s major league stars.”
In the section on Greenville, Triebel highlights the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Falls Park, the Greenville Zoo and downtown.
In addition to teams from the South Atlantic League, once known as the Sally League, Triebel’s book highlights nearby teams outside the league for baseball fans that want to make the most of their time on the road.
More information on the book can be found at bit.ly/road-tripping-SAL.