by Robert Bell
MEET AND GREET WITH BROOKS ROBINSON
5:30 p.m. Lamar Porter Field. $10.
Little Rock's Lamar Porter Field is a treasure. The WPA-built ball field on Seventh Street was constructed in 1936 and is the oldest actively used baseball stadium in the state. It's got such a classic ballpark look that it was used as a location for the 1984 WWII-era film "A Soldier's Story."
It was where Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson — widely regarded as one of, if not the, best third baseman of all time — played as a youngster. Robinson will be returning to his hometown to celebrate the field's 77th birthday and kick off the fundraising effort to fully restore the park, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
Tickets also include a hot dog, soft drink and a bag of popcorn, because this is a baseball park, after all. Robinson will be available to sign autographs for fans as well. Who could ask for a more wholesome, all-American time to be had this Saturday afternoon?