We’ve had several Dave Schofield blog posts up here over the last few weeks (here, here, and here) that originated from Florida. This one originates from the Jersey Shore, talking about one of the best and worst parts of spring training – coming home.
After a month of beautiful weather and brilliant sunshine, my time in Florida was drawing to a close. I had photographed college baseball and college softball and Major League and minor league games and headshots. Twenty college baseball and sortball games, seven major league games and 9 minor league games. I shot over 250 headshots for the Yankees, over 200 for the Philies and 65 for the New Hampshire FisherCats. It has been a busy spring and I was tired.
Before rest though I had to drive the nearly 1500 miles from Clearwater to Belmar. I had done it many times and knew the way.
As I looked at the map, I realized that this drive would take me through many of the towns I have worked in during my 40+ years of photographing Major and Minor league baseball. I found this exciting and thought provoking.
The road from Clearwater to Loganville, GA where I would visit with my daughter for a few days before resuming my journey home, is I-75 North.
Throughout Florida, I was impressed by the way the terrain changes as the road goes north. Leaving Florida and entering Georgia the land becomes more fertile and the pine trees higher.
The first old stomping ground I passed was Albany, GA. The home of the Albany Polecats in 1994. I passed through there to photograph them for their baseball cards for the Fleer Company. It was in Albany that I met lefty pitcher Shane Hale. I saw and photographed Shane throughout his rise through the Baltimore Orioles farm system. Sadly Albany no longer has a minor league team.