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Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide To The Ballparks Of The Grapefruit And Cactus Leagues Paperback – December 30, 2004

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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub (December 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786420863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786420865
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Josh is the author of several baseball books, including "The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip," which he co-authored with his friend Kevin O'Connell, and "101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out," which was a finalist for the 2008 Casey Award, presented annually to the best new baseball book.

Josh's latest book is a revised and updated edition of "101 Baseball Places," which is due to be released in March 2015. The book includes 25 brand new chapters, new photos, updated visiting information, and a complete re-ranking of the nation's best baseball attractions.

Josh is also the author of the Old Orchard Beach mystery novel "Strangers on the Beach," a 2012 Indie Sleeper Pick by Publishers Weekly, and Best Books of 2012 selection by the Maine Edge.

In addition to writing, Josh serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England, and writing mentor in the Western Connecticut State University low residency MFA program in Creative and Professional Writing.

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Smith on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Great details about the spring training parks and towns. Packed with photos and info for visiting tourists.

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Though it has changed some in recent years, spring training continues to be a time of renewal for baseball. Teams and fans, many from the snowy climes of the North, descend on Florida and Arizona to begin preparing for what they are sure will be a trip to the World Series. With the pace of the game a little slower, fans close to the action, and players more accessible, the sport seems to return to its roots for a brief, idyllic time.

Based on the author's visits to each of the 26 current spring training ballparks-17 in Florida and 9 in Arizona-this reference work first provides a detailed description of the ballpark as it currently exists, plus information on its history. Next comes the spring training history of the resident major league team (or teams, for the four parks that are shared), along with information about noteworthy spring training sites that were, or still are, located near the existing ballpark. Information on the area surrounding the ballpark completes the entry, focusing on other baseball and sports-related attractions in the area. An appendix provides a full listing of every major league team's spring training sites since 1914. Heavily illustrated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Raaflaub on January 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
A great book if you're going to spring training and plan on spending time at multiple different ballparks. It's interesting to read the history of spring training for each team and the parks.
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