Day: September 28, 2017

Out of range of the majors as a kid, Denver fan brings old ballparks to his museum

Bruce Hellerstein at his National Ballpark Museum in Denver.

Bruce Hellerstein at his National Ballpark Museum in Denver.

What man grows up out of range of most big-league broadcasts, still falls in love with old Crosley Field and self-funds a baseball museum across the street from the home-plate entrance of Coors Field in Denver?

“It’s an incredible passion,” Bruce Hellerstein said of his National Ballpark Museum. “It might seem strange, but I really felt my (baseball-fan) needs were met during my childhood growing up in Denver.”

At 68, Hellerstein is old enough to remember attending games at 20,000-seat Bears Stadium before it was expanded into multi-purpose Mile High Stadium, eventually the first home of the Colorado Rockies in 1993.

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