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Durham Bulls Serve as Inspiration for Alum’s Novel

James Bailey (Communication ’93) grew up in Seattle loving baseball. When his mom moved to North Carolina in 1990, Bailey followed and landed a job with the Durham Bulls. His passion for minor league baseball — and his love of the Bulls — inspired him to write his first novel, The Greatest Show on Dirt. 

“There’s something about the minor leagues that I’ve always liked,” says Bailey, who held a variety of jobs with the Bulls in the early 1990s when he was a student at NC State. “When it was such a small operation, everybody did a lot of different things. I remember running the scoreboard. [It had] a laid back small town kind of family atmosphere.”

Read the feature about Bailey on the NC State Alumni Association’s Red and White for Life blog.