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About the Author

Chris Epting is the author of 14 books, including Huntington Beach in the Images of America series, Huntington Beach in the Then & Now series, and Roadside Baseball. Arnold Hano, author of A Day in the Bleachers, generously contributed the foreword.
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Product Details

  • Series: Images of Sports
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (March 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738562874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738562872
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Epting is the author of 25 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here (Santa Monica Press), Roadside Baseball (McGraw Hill) and most recently Hello It's Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie (Santa Monica Press). He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Huntington Beach Independent. In addition, Chris is a veteran music journalist and hosts and produces the weekly syndicated radio show, "music." Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and their two children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Sullivan on February 12, 2010
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This book was one of those where I did not want to put it down. Great photos, a must have for NY baseball fans. Now, all I need is a sequel that will chronicle the post WWII era where mistakes and phony urban renewal projects doomed the historic Polo Grounds.
If you like old time baseball books, this is for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on June 19, 2010
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Having read several books on the history of the New York Giants I have always had a fascination with the Polo Grounds, or the Polio Grounds, as the Brooklyn Dodgers and their fans called it. I never saw it in person, but I did visit the site both in 1973 and 1978 when I organized a trip to New York City for Little leaguers during those years. The book begins with a wonderful Forward by Arnold Hano who wrote A Day in the Bleachers when he attended the game that Willie made his famous catch on Wertz in the '54 Series. The photos in the book take place primarily during World Series games between the Giants and their American League opponent. I especially enjoyed noticing what fans wore to baseball games during these long gone years. Bowler hats, neckties, and suit coats are the main attire. After all the Polo Grounds is not a flophouse. Author Chris Epting points out the menswear in the photos in addition to the advertising on the outfield walls.

I have often wondered whatever happened to the Eddie Grant memorial that resided in deep center field between the stairways to the clubhouse. It turns out that nobody knows what happened to it. On my visits in 1973 and 1978 I took photos of boys in front of the plaque where the approximate location of home plate was located. I didn't realize the actual location was twenty yards away.

There are more than enough action photos inside the ball yard, and I was happy to see the author added additional photos in a section near the end of the book outside the park. The John T. Brush staircase and the top of Coogan's Bluff where fans stood to gain a partial view of the field, and different angles showing various locations outside the park I found to be especially interesting.
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Chris Epting's book "The Early Polo Grounds", Is a historical account of everything The Polo Grounds has to offer. We look not only at the ballpark itself but players, period notables, and team histories. Anyone who has baseball in their veins as the author, leaves no stone unturned.
While preparing the book Chris Epting and his son Charlie even interview a local resident of the area to gather his perspective. We even get a glimpse of how that area looked then versus now from every vantage point for a great retrospective of the park. Not very much is left but the memories, yet this author went all out to give us the reader the real deal.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Solomon on November 9, 2009
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This book is an excellent collection of photographs of the Polo Grounds from the 1910s and 1920s.

It's really a great small coffee table book, i.e., you don't have to "read" it, just flip through the pictures and read the captions.

What fascinated me the most was the pictures of college football games played at the Polo Grounds during this time frame--including one of Jim Thorpe!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michaelgogarty on July 13, 2010
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i got to go to two games in 1962-63; i did not know its history.
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