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500 Ballparks Hardcover – December 13, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The locations listed for some of the parks may not be obvious. For example, I think of Hiram Bithorn Stadium as being in San Juan, but it is instead listed under Hato Rey, which is a district in San Juan, but if you've never lived in Puerto Rico, you may not know that.
I think the photo selection is generally fine, though in a few cases better photos might have been found, and a few parks have no illustrations at all. The color-coded maps of the layouts of many of the parks, while simplified, are quite welcome.
There will always be reason to ask why some parks were included at the expense of others, and there is a listing of additional ballparks, described briefly. Even then, where are Frawley Stadium (home of the Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks) or State Mutual Stadium (home of the Rome (GA) Braves)? These are delightful little ballparks, and I personally prefer State Mutual to Coolray Field, which is included.
Regardless, this is a fun volume which should be on the bookshelf of any serious baseball fan.
Author Pastore only MENTIONED the great Wichita, Ks Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, for which I purchased the book originally. He said it "had the same type of field" as another. Sad he missed Wichita!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of typos and mis-information. And though the Giants had already won the 2010 World Series, it's not noted on the AT&T Park page. Typical East Coast biased writer. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lawrence D. Freitas
book was received quickly. I was kinda disappointed with the read. I expected there to be at least pix or drawings of 500 ballparks. Not just a few lines about some of them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by bill metts
The books were received with great applause! They're packed with information!Published 17 months ago by S. Dubisky
Definitly a "must have" book for baseball lovers. Great photos and text. Brings back a lot of memories of the old ballparks.Published 21 months ago by Charlene
This book has everything about ballparks, past and present. It even has info about Nationals Grounds and Swampoodle Grounds, used by Washington, D. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Paul Smith
Bought for the brother in law who is devoted to all sports. Sounds like he likes it, but who knows.Published on July 8, 2013 by T. Leonard