My name is Jim Slade and I have been a volunteer at the National Ballpark Museum for almost two years. I stumbled in one day as a tourist and was so welcomed by Raelee, the Museum Manager, that I decided to stay. It is truly an extraordinary collection of baseball heaven.
Baseball has been a lifelong passion. I have been able to be a part of the game as an umpire for 20 years and in that time, I was also lucky enough to coach my daughter’s softball team. Talking current and past baseball is what is the most fun to me. Digging into and writing a bit about baseball history and the great stories about the game and the classic ballparks is something that I really enjoy.
When Major League Baseball came to Denver, I along with the rest of Colorado were instantly Rockies fans. My family was season ticker holders in the early days at Mile High Stadium and then Coors Field. The only day that I am not a Rockies fan is when the Cubs come to town. Growing up near Chicago, it is in my blood.
We hope that you enjoy the museum and will come back often. It really has something for everyone! Once you are hooked, like I was, come back and be a part of our volunteer group!