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Flick Fact: A Red Sox ground ball in Boston … part of Manito, Illinois?
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Flick Fact: A Red Sox ground ball in Boston … part of Manito, Illinois?

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Question: True or false? They’re playing Major League Baseball again, so Manito, the Mason County town of 1,700 southwest of Bloomington, is quietly back in the limelight in a highly unusual way.

Answer: That’s true. For better drainage, quick drying and a soil that is soluble, porous and durable, the infield “dirt” in baseball parks, like fabled Fenway Park in Boston, is a mix of clay, silt, sand and loam. In Fenway’s case, as one learns on a ball park tour there, part of it is specially brought in from, among other places, Manito, Illinois. Manito is an area of such diverse and “high-quality soil” renown, there is a "dirt factory" there!


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