Google Mapping a Home Run from This Vanderbilt Game

A Miller HR in 4th

As of press time, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are leading the No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in the seventh inning of a college baseball game being played at the latter’s home park (box). For much of the interval before that press time, the author of this dumb post was sitting on his couch and watching the aforementioned game, during the course of which one was able to observe not only (a) the long home run depicted above and produced by WKU’s junior center fielder Anderson Miller, but also (b) the sliver of a Nashville-area intersection that appears at the end of that home-run footage.

If the author possesses one virtue it’s a child-like sense of wonder — which sense was stirred by this home-run footage. I wondered: “What is this seemingly busy thoroughfare that so closely abuts — indeed, is visible from — Vanderbilt’s baseball stadium?”

Some inexpert Google mapping suggests that the answer is “25th Ave South,” which street runs along the right-field wall of Vandy’s Charles Hawkins Field. That same Google mapping suggests that a Quizno’s is located not far out of the picture to the right. An image of the general area is embedded below, from along Jess Neely Drive, which runs parallel to the field’s first-base line.


In conclusion, one of life’s questions has been answered. Only infinity more remain for similar treatment.

Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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Fun fact: if you use the distance tool in Google maps and satellite view, you can measure the distance of college home runs. I used this on many occasions in my college baseball game notes for the school I worked for.