- Series: Sporting News Selects
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Distributed Products (March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892046333
- ISBN-13: 978-0892046331
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 11.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ballpark Book : A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic Hardcover – March, 2000
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Fenway. Wrigley. Ebbets Field. These are the real fields of dreams. Sporting News senior editor Ron Smith pays tribute to 46 current and former major league ballparks in The Ballpark Book. Smith divides the parks into "Classics" (Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Yankee Stadium), the "Middle Ages" (including Anaheim Stadium, Oakland Coliseum, and Jack Murphy Stadium), the "Turf Era" (such as Riverfront Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, and Busch Stadium), the "Dome Era" (the Metrodome, Olympic Stadium, and the SkyDome), and the "New Wave Era" (including Camden Yards, Coors Field, and New Comiskey Park). The "Gone, but Not Forgotten" fields are described in reverent, nostalgic tones--suitable for Tiger Stadium and the Polo Grounds, though few will miss the Kingdome and the Stick. Each park is profiled in detail, with great photographs of historic moments. Smith points out unique features, such as the swimming pool in the outfield at Bank One Ballpark, or the single red seat, high up in the outfield bleachers, marking the spot where Ted Williams hit the longest homer in Fenway history (502 feet).
Schoolboy Rowe once said, "Ballparks are individuals to me, not just so much stone, concrete, and steel." The Ballpark Book will help you get to know some of these fine individuals. --M. Stein
From Library Journal
Smith (Baseball!s 100 Greatest Players) and Belford present stadiums past, present, and futuristic. They portray colorfully the history, dimensions, stars, and major events of parks from Old Fenway and Yankee Stadium to Pheonix!s new Bank One and Atlanta!s new Turner Field. They also pay tribute to Braves Field, Ebbets Field, and other vanished venues. While three brand-new parks in San Francisco, Detroit, and Houston are omitted, this illustrated work eclipses Philip J. Lowry!s Green Cathedrals and Lawrence S. Ritter!s Lost Ballparks (both LJ 2/1/92). Informative and enjoyable, this evocative book is a hit for reference and popular collections."Morey Berger, St. Joseph!s Hosp. Lib., Tucson, AZ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The text is mostly filler but interesting and intriguing filler at that. You learn stuff like kids who caught HR balls that cleared the park at League Park (the Indians' previous home) and Shibe Park (Philly A's and Phillies former home park) could turn in the balls for a free pass to a game. How cool is that?
Would give it 5 stars but somehow in the "Gone, but Not Forgotten" section they forgot to put in the Expos' Parc du Jarry yet managed to fit in the Jays' Exhibition Park. Considering that ballpark had about ten times the character as the Ex, I have no idea why they left it out.
Each chapter begins with a lovely, impressionist style (I think, art appreciation was a long time ago for me) panting of the ballpark from behind home plate, with little arrows denoting the landmarks. They've managed to find enough so that the young parks have as many landmarks as the classics. Again, some of these I felt were a stretch.
The prose is sentimental and it pushes all the right buttons, it makes you swell or tear up in pride as you read about your favorite park, but its a bit heavy handed.
Overall, a good book, though I wish they would focus more on a few parks.