The motivation for the baseball wandering started in 1990 with the goal of visiting each of the 160 minor league franchises that were affiliated with major league organizations. A wanderer generally is in no hurry so as of the close of the 2006 season 133 of the affiliated facilities have been visited. Of course during that time many cities/towns have lost their franchises (example: Fayetteville, N.C.), or abandoned the complex which still stands in disrepair (Owen J. Bush in Indianapolis) or replaced the facility with a new one (in Clearwater, Jack Russell was razed and Bright House Networks Field has replaced it). Once a new complex replaces an old one, the new one has to be visited and the progress toward the "magic 160" is slowed. If during the visit, a game is played, it is scored. Pictures are taken of each facility as well. In order to extend the baseball season, the Arizona Fall League has been visited for the past three years and all the Phoenix area spring training sites have been visited as well as the Fall League games scored.
The top 12 oldest stadia in the country (Rickwood to John O'Donnell) have been visited and photographed and eight facilities that have been demolished (examples: Bill Meyer Stadium and Silver Stadium) have likewise been recorded.
To fill in periodic gaps in the minor league schedule, 11 teams in the independent leagues have been visited. All told, between 100 and 120 games are seen each year. Each month a major trip is planned, a flight booked to a distant city and approximately one week is spent roaming around in a circle attending games. The remainder of the baseball season is devoted to seeing games within two or three hours of West Chester, PA.
There are many fans who have visited all the major league teams and the large number of outstanding baseball websites make this effort pale by comparison. Nevertheless, it's a great way to spend the summer.