Why'd we name our company after a crummy old ballpark? It's kinda like that scene in The Sandlot where the other team comes to challenge the boys. Insults are thrown down and a challenge is struck. Just as they stood up for their way of playing baseball, even though they didn't have the uniforms or the pedigree or the nice facilities. They stood up for baseball the way it was meant to be played. For the joy of the game.
The Pillbox was a crummy old stadium, but we imagine it was a place where baseball was loved. A place where fans could knock off after work and enjoy a cold one and a night out with friends. The Pillbox may not have been nice, but it was theirs, the ball-players and the fans, and that made it special.
Here's a bit more of our story: "Our name "Pillbox Bat Co." pays tribute to the old Downtown Park in St. Paul, Minn. So small that, nicknamed the "Pillbox", it is said that hits over the left and right field fences were only awarded two bases. Being pressed into service in 1903 by the new owner of the St. Paul Saints because he didn't think folks wanted to walk two miles from downtown to the nicer Lexington Ballpark, the Pillbox was not a thing of beauty. It serviced the Saints until 1909 when they moved back to Lexington Park. It was also home to the St. Paul Colored Gophers and even hosted a series in 1909, billed as the "world’s colored championship,” in which the Gophers beat the Leland Giants of Chicago.
You may find it an odd choice of stadium to pay homage to with our company name. But to us, the story of the Pillbox Ballpark, is the story of what baseball is all about. It's like that sand-lot place out back of your house that is just big enough to throw down a couple of mitts and a hat for bases, anoint someone all-time pitcher and strike up a game of stick-ball. It's that place that folks would go to after work to grab a beer and get into a fistfight during the seventh inning stretch. It's that place that everyone could take pride in because even if it was a sorry excuse of a ballpark, at least it was your sorry excuse of a ballpark - "and don't you dare say otherwise, you hear!" "
[⚾CTUBRE] Arrancó el mes de nuestra pelota criolla. Último trimestre de este 2018, oportunidad para hacer lo que no hicimos en todo el resto del año. Así que #playball a cada meta y a sacarla de jonrón (con 3 en base) en casa turno al bate que nos ponga la vida 👊