I went to high school in Florence, KY, about fifteen miles from Cincinnati. Florence is also the home of the Florence Freedom, an independent minor-league baseball team.
Minor-league baseball (and especially the low minors, and especially especially the low minors in a major-league market) is not necessarily an easy sell. Consequently, it’s an area where the spirit of Bill Veeck can thrive, and where promotional gimmicks can thrive as well.
This brings us to the latest news from the Freedom. Seizing on the current revival of pop culture interest in Sherlockiana, the Freedom has decided to host a “Sherlock Holmes Night.” A local theater troupe will perform a Murder Mystery Theater performance throughout the night, but the real highlight will be the debut of the team’s deerstalker-look baseball caps.
Obviously, the game will be on the field — but it will be afoot as well.