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“When we first started out here, it was a cow pasture, and we played in between the cow pies,” Meyer said. “Little by little, it got to be better and better.”
The field is now a full-fledged baseball diamond with painted lines and a backstop. It’s 210 feet to dead center field, and 198 feet to left and right. There’s an old home plate behind the backstop on the third base side from when Meyer’s grandfather played on a township team.
There's one difference between the field in Lyle and the Field of Dreams: Meyer's field is branded with Hamm's Brewing signage and statues of the Hamm's Beer Bear.
The beer company founded in St. Paul was the beer that Meyer's family drank at backyard baseball games, so it only made sense to name the field after Hamm's.
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, marked 45 years of backyard baseball games played between family, friends and neighbors. The “old guys” played the “punks,” the younger players.
It was a gathering of people with a love for baseball.
The games were played with shorter bats and bigger baseballs, which challenged hitters. Pitchers tossed the baseball in a high arc. If the baseball landed on the black mat around home plate, it was a strike.
Abby Sharpe joined the Post Bulletin in February 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. While at ASU, she created short- and long-form stories for audio and digital. Readers can reach Abby at 507-285-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.