Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dark Nights To Appear?(Sports)

Byline: RICK WRIGHT Of the Journal

On a chilly evening in late April, 1960, some 1,200 fans watched as the Albuquerque Dukes launched their inaugural Class D Sophomore League home season under the lights of Tingley Field.

The Dukes, who had opened on the road with two lopsided victories over the Artesia Giants, weren't at their best that night.

Mostly teen-agers straight out of American high schools or far from their homes in the Caribbean, they kicked grounders like soccer players and put dents in the fence behind first base. On offense, the Dukes waved haplessly at fastballs from Artesia starter Mark Opatt fanning 13 times. The home team lost 4-2.

Was it good professional baseball? …

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