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Big League Ballparks: The Complete Illustrated History Hardcover – October 29, 2009
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Gary Gillette is the co-editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and was the co-founder and vice president of Total Sports, Inc., where he contributed groundbreaking research to Total Baseball. He currently serves as co-chair of the Society for American Baseball Research’s business of baseball committee and lives in Detroit, where he serves on the board of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.
Eric Enders is a baseball writer and historian whose writing has appeared in the New York Times, various MLB publications, and other works. A former researcher at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is the author of Ballparks: Then and Now and Fall Classic: The Definitive History of the World Series. A lifelong Dodgers fan, he currently resides in El Paso, Texas.
Stuart Shea is the editor of Fantasy Baseball Index magazine, associate editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, and the author of Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography, in addition to several books on music and pop culture. He lives near Wrigley Field, where he spends as much time as possible.
Matthew Silverman is a longtime Mets fan, as evidenced by his three books on the subject, including 100 Things Mets Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die. He was the principal editor of Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia and an associate editor of the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia.
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For a book that has so many photographs, there is also a lot of text, which briefly describes the history of these various parks, as well as some of the most important moments in these ballparks. There is so much valuable information in here that it is difficult to assimilate it all.
The only thing I found lacking was diagrams showing the dimensions of these parks. But this is a small quibble, considering the excellence of the book as a whole.
My criticsm is that the recent parks are given the short end of the stick. More details about what makes them unique and special instead of simple four page spreads. The photos for some (Petco comes to mind) are pretty basic and don't show a lot.
It's definitely worth checking out though. You won't be disappointed.