My mother tried to teach me to drive a stick and it just didn't go very well. She had been saying for a while, "you should just learn by watching!" But I'm not very good at learning simply by watching someone else do it. It's one thing if they're explaining as they drive why they're shifting at a certain time. Or with anything else, I want to know what it is they're doing rather than simply watching.
So when DH bought a car with a manual transmission once we were married, he put me behind the wheel, told me how to start it off, when to shift and how to tell by the sound of the engine when to shift. He taught the basics of starting and getting it going, then let me figure out the rest. Now that frustrated me but oh man I learn and I have to say, now we have a van with automatic, I actually miss driving a stick.
It's funny too, I could be driven to a location several times but not remember how to get there, but after I've driven myself there once I rarely forget.
As for living near a ball park, that's one reason I wonder why someone would live near a golf course, as I'd be worried about stray balls breaking windows or hitting people in the head, or people wandering into a yard to get the balls.