Hoping for an endless summer

As Jim Caple found out on his Lewis and Clark tour, the summer is never long enough in rookie ball.

Updated: June 29, 2004, 10:57 AM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2

SIOUX CITY, Iowa, and GREAT FALLS, Montana -- Legion Field is home to the Great Falls White Sox, but tonight they're sharing equal billing on the marquee with a guy in a bear costume holding a shovel. It's "Smokey the Bear Night."

Welcome to the Pioneer League, where baseball dreams take flight like a hanging curveball thrown to Barry Bonds. Great Falls is a rookie-league team, and many of the players are so new to pro baseball that they wouldn't even think of charging you to sign ...

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