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Splash Hit! Pac Bell Park and the San Francisco Giants Paperback – April, 2001

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C.W. Nevius an award-winning columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and is a regular on KTVU's Mornings on Two . He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joan Walsh vice president of news at She lives in San Francisco with her daughter, who's a fifth-generation baseball fan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811832031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811832038
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,717,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm editor-at-large for, and an MSNBC political analyst. I was Salon's editor in chief for six years, and before that, its first fulltime news editor, going back to the days of the Clinton impeachment. I'm a regular on "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "The Ed Show" and "Politics Nation," and I'm on a range of other MSNBC shows, too. You know me from jousting with Pat Buchanan, Bill O'Reilly, Dick Armey, John Kasich, Liz Cheney and other conservatives. I've also enjoyed a couple of go-rounds on "Real Time with Bill Maher."

I've written for publications ranging from Vogue to the Nation, and for newspapers including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Before joining Salon in 1998, I worked as a consultant on education and poverty issue for community groups and foundations, including the Rockefeller Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation. I wrote the Rockefeller monograph "Stories of Renewal: Community Building and the Future of America." (You'll recognize some of this work in "What's the Matter with White People?")

I love baseball and before this my only venture into the book world was being co-author of "Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story," about the building of the San Francisco Giants legendary waterfront stadium. I live in San Francisco with my dog Sadie and occasionally my daughter Nora comes to visit from New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith Crawford on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a coffee table book that was difficult to put down after looking at all the spectacular pictures.
After having "Splash Hit!" on order since first hearing about it's publication; I finally got my chance to actually own it. And read it and read it and read it, again. You cannot put this book down if you love ballparks, baseball, architecture and perhaps, the most intriguingly, beautiful city in America; San Francisco.
"Splash Hit" is the name adopted by San Francisco Giants fans that describes any home run hit just beyond the right field wall that land's in the San Francisco Bay waters aptly named McCovey Cove.
An amazing book by Joan Walsh and C.W.Nevius, "Splash Hit" explores the progression of Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco from it's initial conceptual brainchild of a downtown ballpark to it's wonderfully anticipated Opening Day Game and throughout 2000 season.
The tastefully cram-packed, 140-page book begins with incredible color photos of: an aeriel view of Pac Bell at night (with The City in the background), Giant and Dodger players standing for the National Anthem on Opening Day, another aeriel photo of The Park with the San Francisco Bay in the background, Ellis Burks sliding into home to score against the Cardinals, another night-time aeriel shot to a full cityscape at dusk of San Francisco and Pac Bell.
The forward is written by Giants President Peter Magowan and Vice President Larry Baer. They discuss everything from the Giants rumored 1992 move to Florida to the "VISION" coming to fruition.
The book is graced with at least 140 color pictures (many two-page spreads) and some 20-plus black and white photos of the Giants illustrious past from John McGraw/Christy Mathewson to Willie Mays/Willie McCovey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
Every fan of the the Giants should get this book and wallow in the beauty of Pacific Bell Park, if you can't get there yourself. The park really is probably the most beautiful ballpark in baseball, a tiny little gem that nevertheless plays like a huge pitcher's stadium thanks to the bizarre asymmetry of its outfield (and a San Francisco wind that the park's engineering turned into an ally, instead of the vicious Hawk it was at Candlestick Park.)
But it's also a great collection of essays from baseball writers including George Will and Peter Gammons, and local writers sharing memories of the team and the long years of waiting in the cold and fog for a world championship that still hasn't come. Those essays are some of the best parts of the book, moving and nostalgic in the best sense.
The body text, that tracks the long road from New York through Candlestick to the drama of building a new ballpark without the safety net of public money, then chronicles the great 2000 season, is little more than acceptable, but in a coffee table book what you want is gorgeous photographs and insightful vignettes, and "Splash Hit" has that in aces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Mcdonald on November 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Great pictures of what has to be one of the nicest sports facilities in the world. I've been to one game here - and as a resident of Seattle, I honestly think that Safeco is a better place to watch a game. However, no stadium can match the asthetic views and its situation in one of the most beautiful cities in the world makes Pac Bell #1.
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By A Customer on June 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This it a really good book. The pictures are spectacular, the writing is good, and it includes newspaper articles written about the park. The information about the clubhouse, trainer's room etc. is great. I would recommend this to any baseball fan! (Non-Dodger fan anyway) :-)
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