Antoine Pietri / Montigny-le-Bretonneux
A Montigny-le-Bretonneux boulevard next to its baseball field was named in 2005 for Nicolas About, right, a French senator and former mayor of the suburb who built the ballpark 10 years earlier. No one was clamoring for baseball in Montigny at the time, but About thought it would be good for youth and might generate French interest in America's pastime. It did, though barely. But the ballpark is the envy of baseball clubs across France, and beyond. As for the boulevard named for About? He says with good humor that he was so honored only because they didnt want me to be mayor again and wanted people to believe I was dead.
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