Springfield, Illinois became my adopted hometown in 1974. During those four decades, our city has hosted a number of minor-league teams. The Triple-A franchise of the St. Louis Cardinals left our community for Louisville, Kentucky, and was replaced by another Cardinals farm team, this time of the Class A Midwest League. That squad departed Springfield after several years, and now the community has an independent minor-league team called the Springfield Sliders.
Having grown up attending baseball games at Wri