Duke City Diamonds: Baseball in Albuquerque

DUKE CITY DIAMONDS: BASEBALL IN ALBUQUERQUEOn Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm, come learn about the baseball history of Albuquerque which goes back some 100 years. Our speaker Gary Herron is a veteran journalist, along with working in TV and radio. He was the official scorer for over 1,000 Albuquerque Dukes games and 400 Isotope games. With a love for baseball, he has collected autographed balls & bats, autographs of every living Hall of Famer and more than 100,000 baseball cards.

Gary Herron has been a journalist since 1979, starting with the Valencia County News-Bulletin back then and spending the last 13-plus as sports editor at the Rio Rancho Observer. He also has worked two one-year stints on the assignment desk at KOB-TV, worked in radio for several decades — now doing morning updates and an hour-long high school sports show on ESPN Radio KQTM-FM — and served as an official scorer for Pacific Coast League games for the Albuquerque Dukes (1,004 games) and Albuquerque Isotopes (405 games).

His real love is baseball — with a collection to die for: autographed baseballs and bats, game-used jerseys, autographs of every living Hall of Famer, more than 1,400 books on baseball and more than 100,000 baseball cards. Hence, his recent efforts to work on two books in the past few years: “Baseball in Albuquerque” (Arcadia Publishing, 2011) and “Duke City Diamonds: Baseball in Albuquerque” (Rio Grande Press, 2013). Nobody knows the game better than Albuquerque’s own “Mr. Baseball.”

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