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‘I Decided That If You Couldn’t Play Baseball Anymore, You Might As Well Work In It’

Field maintenance can mean the difference between a cleanly fielded grounder or a nasty hop, between a successful sprint to first base or a fall in the infield. At People’s Natural Gas field, home to the Double-A team the Altoona Curve and 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, it all rests on McClain Murphy’s shoulders. He’s the head groundskeeper.

“I decided that if you couldn’t play baseball anymore, you might as well work in it,” said Murphy.

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Margaret J. Krauss is WESA's development and transportation reporter. She previously worked for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide reporting initiative that covers problems facing Pennsylvania's cities and possible solutions. Before joining Keystone Crossroads, Margaret produced a 48-part radio series about Pittsburgh's lesser-known history, biking 2,000 miles around the region to do so.