The iconic Durham Bulls baseball game.
I’m sure many of you will have heard of it thanks to the 1988 sports comedy, Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon.
The movie where the latter two first met and create sparks between them.
Bull Durham was also a movie that propelled all three of them into major league Hollywood status and the Durham Bulls baseball team to international attention.
It certainly didn’t hurt attendance at their games and the rise of their club up the minor league ranks.
The Durham Bulls are a Triple-A minor league baseball team that currently plays in the International League. The Bulls play their home games at Durham Bulls Athletic Park located in the downtown area of Durham, North Carolina.
What’s the connection with Durham and bulls and tobacco?
The growth of Durham happened after the Civil War with an increase in demand for tobacco, due to the wonderful North Carolina tobacco that many soldiers experienced.
J.R. Green, a tobacco manufacturer realized he needed a specific name and trademark for his tobacco product. Over a lunch of oysters one day his friend pointed to the bull’s head on the Coleman’s Durham brand mustard jar, suggested he use a bull for his trademark, and Bull Durham was born.
In 1879, to differentiate from this shredded pouched smoking tobacco, J. B. Duke founded The American Tobacco Company in 1890 and specialized in cigarettes.
American Tobacco left Durham in the late 1980’s and in 2004, the abandoned Plant was re birthed as the American Tobacco Historic District, a complex of offices, restaurants, and shops.
There is plenty of open space here for the kids to run around in with a lovely outdoor stage area and a small river running through it.
Durham Tobacco Historic District for pre-game drinks and dinner
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