Terry Cannon & Peter Dreier

Terry Cannon is founder and executive director of the Baseball Reliquary.

Peter Dreier teaches politics and chairs the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His most recent book is The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame (Nation Books).

Recent Articles

Detroit’s Field of Dreams

How a grassroots group of baseball fans battled the Detroit power structure to revitalize a historic baseball field.

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To the bankrupt city of Detroit, it was just another vacant lot—one of many abandoned eyesores strewn with garbage and six-foot-high weeds throughout the city. But to Tom Derry and his friends, the site of the old stadium where the Detroit Tigers once played was hallowed ground. So in 2010, against the city government’s wishes, these amateur groundskeepers—who call themselves the Navin Field Grounds Crew—began cleaning up the 10-acre site so it could once again be used as a baseball field. They were literally a grassroots organization—showing up every week and spending their own money to chop the weeds, plant, and mow the grass, restore the baselines with chalk, rebuild the pitcher’s mound, and remove rubbish from the field. Over the past six years, they restored the site, using their own money, tools, and labor. With a core of about 30 members, the group has, in Derry’s words, “turned a trash dump into a field of dreams.” Their...