Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Spirit of our Team

Plenty of folks love baseball, but Bill Law is dedicated to the game. As the Bulls retired PA announcer and longtime organizer of Raleigh's annual Hot Stove banquet, Bill is Mr. Baseball in the Triangle. 

Our League President Randy Mobley was at the ballpark last week to present Bill with the Spirit of the International League award. Well deserved! Read more about Bill's 20 years with the Bulls and his lifetime love affair with baseball.

The best part of this event was surprising Bill...completely. We asked for his help with a sponsor presentation, but we turned the tables on him! His entire family - wife/children/grandkids - sneaked into the ballpark for the ceremony, and of course, an evening of baseball.

From left: Messrs Bull, Law, Mobley, Habel
Bill was an "early settler" on the American Tobacco Campus moving into the Old Bull apartments north of the ballpark. He has VIP parking worthy of his stature at the ball club...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Nobel Laureate in the house!

We've had countless baseball luminaries visit the ballpark. A few Olympians and entertainers. Lots-o-pols, too. 

Tonight is a first, though. We will honor a Nobel Laureate.

Dr. Robert Lefkowitz of Duke will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony by Durham Mayor Bill Bell and Dr. Victor Dzau, CEO of Duke's health system. He will, of course, throw the first pitch.

I hope Dr. Lefkowitz will autograph a baseball for me!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Indy Week on Bull City Summer

Bull City Summer made the cover of Indy Week on 7/31. The multi-media documentary project is the subject of two articles in last week's publication.

BCS is a season-long study of the Durham Bulls - not just the team - but the ballpark ecosystem: the game, the players, the fans, the staff, the ballpark, downtown Durham. Every facet, every angle of the season is explored with photography, prose and video. It will culminate with a photography exhibition at the NC Museum of Art next year and the publication of a book. Regarding the latter, it can be pre-ordered.

Regarding the Indy Week story about Hiroshi Watanbe, it was an honor to meet this LA-based, world class photographer...and to have him visit the DBAP.  In the photo above, he is explaining the inner workings of his Hasselblad camera after loading the film. (Do you remember film?) This isn't point and shoot photography! His take on Bulls will be featured in the 2014 exhibition at the NCMA.