Magazine article Sunset

Cheap Thrills at the Old Ball Game

Magazine article Sunset

Cheap Thrills at the Old Ball Game

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From Montana to Utah, minor-league baseball combines offbeat entertainment with old-fashioned sports appeal

In 1998, minor-league baseball drew more than 35 million fans. Why? For one thing, it's cheap: a family of four can attend a game (including tickets, refreshments, and program) for less than $40, compared with $75 or more for a major-league outing. The games are fun, too, with plenty of high jinks between innings. Here's a look at four regional teams.

A Rookie League team for the Cincinnati Reds, the Billings Mustangs play at historic Cobb Field, which dates back to the 1930s. All individual game tickets are general admission (first come, first served). Watch for a July 21 visit from the ZooPerstars, with costumed characters based on such big-league favorites as "Cow Ripken Jr." and "Ken Giraffey Jr." 901 N. 27th St., Billings, MT. $4; (406) 252-1241.

The Anaheim Angels-affiliated Boise Hawks play Class A Northwest League ball at Memorial Stadium; you can get there by bike on the Boise Greenbelt. …

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