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Park Life: The Summer of 1977 at Comiskey Park Hardcover – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Mirror Press (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970727801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970727800
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11 x 15.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...A loving portrait...of the old Sox ballpark [and]...the fans Bill Veeck celebrated. It brings back poignant memories." -- Studs Terkel

"...I looked at the photos in this book - I swear, I heard them whisper, 'Take yourself out to a ballgame.'" -- Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

"...It truly was a magical year. [That] connection between players and...fans...is hard to find in modern day baseball." -- Eric Soderhom, third baseman, 1977 Chicago White Sox

"...The unblinking eye of...Elliott's camera has frozen in time the [fan's] faces...and the scene of the 1977 enjoyment." -- George F. Will

"...[A] heartfelt tribute to the Southside faithful. Park Life...should be on every Sox fan's bookshelf." -- Art Berke, VP, Sports Illustrated

"Peter Elliott's book is a treasured gift to the City of Chicago and baseball fans everywhere." -- Chicago Major Richard M. Daley

"The focus isn't on the ballplayer [or]...ballpark, but on the most...overlooked, ...underestimated heroes of our game-the fans." -- Chip Carey, Cubs Broadcaster, WGN

From the Back Cover

Chicago photojournalist Peter Elliott brings to life the rhythms and character of this revered stadium during 1977¾one of its most celebrated seasons. Elliott's recent discovery of negatives lost for 23 years proudly displays the earthy, forgotten life of old-time Chicago baseball before the advent of corporate sky-boxes and gourmet hot dogs. His refined style demonstrates both the lush eye of youthful talent and the singular drive that brought him back to Comiskey Park over and over again during that strange and captivating time known as "the summer of the Chicago Hit Men." The old park never looked so good. And its reappearance through the artistry of Peter Elliott permits it to live again in the hearts of life-long fans and everyone who loves baseball. An engaging narrative accompanies the photographs and catalogues the history and foibles of park, team, and fans.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a lifelong Sox fan it was a real treat to open this book and be swept back in time to old Comiskey Park. Looking at the pictures gave me a chance to appreciate and enjoy what I never had paid much attention to at the the time- other fans around me. The place was a dump and we all loved it anyway. With such great detail in the photos I felt right away like my godfather and I were watching one more game together. Thanks for the book Mr. Elliott, for me it's a memory album.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jon X on April 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book has been over-rated. Promoted as the "summer of 1977" this picture book is apparently the result of one or two afternoons (a Cleveland day game). Don't expect any pictures of baseball or the White Sox (there are 2-3), even though 1977 was one of the most exciting years in their history. While the pictures capture some of the parks' essence, they are very depressing. 90% are shots of forlorn fans that look like they are watching a last place team, when in fact this was a first place team. Old comisky had a lot of beauty that was missed here. I was there that summer and it didn't look like that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Zurowski on February 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I loved it especially looking at what most of the men wore to games back then. You don't see too many sport jacket, buttoned down shirts or dress hats anymore. This is what the players saw in the stands and it is as much
history as the box scores and the records that were set. I was just amazed that the kid looking through the doors looks alot like me and I do recall going to an afternoon game on a Saturday with my brother in 1977.
Al I can say is that the memories come flooding back whenever I look at that book. Go Sox, I think Zisk just hit another homer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "jimdower" on May 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
...your jaw will hit the floor upon opening this book, as mine did. Peter Elliott's photos capture the weathered, hard edged beauty that Comiskey Park and it's fans used to be. A photo book that focuses entirely on the old park and it's fans, this is a must have for any White Sox fan. 5 stars aren't enough to express how incredible this book is.
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