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Ballparks Then and Now (Then & Now Thunder Bay) Hardcover – June 10, 2002
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A native of El Paso, TX, and a lifelong Dodger fan, Eric operates Triple E Productions, a baseball research and editing company.
Top Customer Reviews
Take Me Out to the Ballpark actually described the stadiums (outfield distance, peculiarities, history, fence hight, home runs hit, milestones, interesting anecdotes, etc.). Whereas, Ballparks Then and Now came across like an eighth grade report on baseball. "And then the Yankees played at the polo grounds and then they built their own stadium and then the Mets built their own stadium and then the Dodgers moved to Calfornia ..."
What was most bizarre about this book was that the text rarely lined up with the photos. The text would talk about New York baseball in 1900 and the picture is of Yankee Stadium. Later we see pictures of the first baseball games in New York ... while we read text about ... Yankee Stadium!
Do yourself a favor and get Take Me Out to the Ballpark instead.
But there is a very good reason to buy this book even if you've seen every other ballpark book. Unlike so many other books, which seem to use only the most familiar images of each ballpark, this one contains primarily wonderfully unfamiliar images. Some of these images are spectacular and not seen anywhere else.
The spread on Yankee stadium is a good example. They show wonderful aerial shots of the park before and after renovation. (Keep in mind that the "Then and Now" subtitle is a bit misleading. In most cases there are no comparison shots.)
If you treat this as a picture book only, and as something just to augment your collection of ballpark books, you won't be disappointed.
The information in this book is about as dry as it gets. Even a baseball history nut like myself got worn out by the dull, droll writing after about 15 pages and resorted to just leafing through and looking at the pictures.
Luckily, though, the pictures in this book are interesting and provide some nice snapshots of the rich history of MLB stadiums through the years.
Thus, while better options for this sort of fare most surely exist, this one isn't terrible. If you skip the text entirely and leave it on your coffee table for guests to page through and skim the pics, it's serviceable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book as a starting point for learning about the places where Baseball is, and used to be played.Published 6 months ago by Scott Ruecker
Gift for my son who played ball in college (lefty pitcher). He enjoyed this book and said he would recommend it to others if this is your area of interest. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Glenda Campbell
I actually did read about several of the ball parks before I gave this book to my brother-in-law!! He loved getting it and actually started reading before we left our Christmas... Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Pam Allie-Thomas
the print is so small it is very difficult to read. the pictures are neat to look at.Published on August 28, 2007 by Rosemary Smith
I bought this a few months ago, not thinking it would be different from other books on ballparks. To my surprise, I am still glancing at the book today! Read morePublished on November 20, 2002
Given the spate of good "Then/Now" books available which line up old photos with new ones--I find this book's title highly misleading. Read morePublished on May 28, 2002