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500 Ballparks
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
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To me, this is the biggest collections of ballparks in one book that I have ever seen! I've bought many ballpark books and this is the best so far! It includes photos and a history of many parks, and a brief history of those parks that are long gone. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball stadiums! It was missing some of the present day minor league parks like Hadlock Field in Portland, ME and LaLecheur Park in Lowell, MA and classic historic ones like Holman Stadium in Nashua, NH but I guess you can't fit everything in one book! Maybe a sequel with any other missing minor league parks as well as Cape Cod League too. Enjoy~its a fun ride!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
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My boyfriend told me -- after I'd given this to him as a gift -- that he saw this book at the bookstore and thought "What would I do with that?" But once it was in his hands, he proceeded to pore over it for HOURS, pointing out which parks he wanted to visit, reading the history of the parks aloud, looking up online the exact location of local parks that were torn down decades and more ago. We didn't get to our Netflix that night.... As a baseball nut, who frequently talks about planning trips to different US cities for the express purpose of checking out a ballpark, he absolutely loves this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
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500 ballparks is an excellent book mainly because it has pictures and and brief history and description on almost any minor league or abandoned ballpark in America. That's what makes this book special. The Big leagues ballparks could have been covered in more details but I believe this was not the aim of the book. A Must have for ballpark lovers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
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This is a fun book with a lot of useful information, even if some of it is not entirely accurate. I don't object to the alphabetical listing of the contents, since there is a comprehensive index by city. I do object to the use, at times, of old names for ballparks rather than the names we generally know the parks by, as is the case for the previous Busch Stadium or for the Orange Bowl (the inclusion of which is puzzling, since I know of no baseball ever being played there!). At least, both the old and new names are listed in the index.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2014
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I have read and seen just about every book on ballparks there is. This is by far the best book written to date which includes ballparks both amateur, minor, and major league. If you are a history buff on ballparks, this is the book you need to have.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2012
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As someone who loves touring the globe seeing ballgames and visiting ballparks this book should be right up my alley. Sadly, it is so flawed, it really needs a re-edit.

To start with the book lists the ballparks in alphabetical order. Given the names of sponsored ballparks change so often the book was out of date the minute it was published. Why did the author not think to group the ballparks by city? I'd sooner see all Chicago's ballparks, for example, side by side on consecutive pages.

The photos range from good to incredibly flat and boring. How many generic shots of empty stands do you need in one book? What was needed was far more creativity in photography. Also, the photos seem to miss out on many of the unique features of each ballpark.

Speaking of unique features the author's writeups on each ballpark seem oddly at times to miss many of them from the sandbox area out in the bleachers at Petco to Jarry Park's swimming pool over the right field fence.

Don't get me started on some doozy typos. He had the team playing in Vancouver's Nat Bailey (or Capiliano as he prefers the older name) Stadium as the
Indians in the fact box next to the article on said ballpark. He gets it correct in the article that the current team is called the Canadians. By the way, there has been a Mounties but never an Indians farm club or team name used in Vancouver.

Finally, why 500? Why not 450? Or 200? Or 1,000? Like the book itself the whole thing seems so arbitrary. I think this concept works way better on the Web than in book form.
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on September 7, 2014
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If you're a ballpark junkie, you'll really like this book. The photos are great, ranging from the 1800's to the present day, a fantastic collection of images. If the author had stopped there, it would have been a five-star book. Unfortunately, the accompanying text leaves much to be desired; it's not very well-written and contains numerous factual errors (names, dates). Despite these flaws, I'm happy to have the book as a historical record of almost, if not all of the professional baseball parks in history.
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on March 22, 2015
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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. If it's done over sometime soon, I have to wonder if the winning of three of the last five WS by the San Francisco Giants would even be mentioned on the AT&T Park page.
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on April 3, 2014
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Condition of the book was great! The tag on the front tho was too hard to remove without damaging so it was left on.

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!
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on January 22, 2015
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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. this is where Pastore could have done a better job with this book.
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