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Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields Paperback – March 8, 1994
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What I get most out of the book, though, is the fact that the old ballparks were not "standardized" as they are today. The dimensions of each park varied quite a lot and it created a different play of the game within each park. Some parks were small in size and some were enormous, which had a direct impact on the talents and skills needed to be successful within each park.
This is an outstanding book for any person who loves the history of the game, the history of various franchises, and the history of America.
While the book mostly describes old-time major league stadiums (complete with "Top Ten" lists of the most historic events to take place at each stadium), a few minor league parks are also mentioned.
Lots of history and photographs are featured with each park's description. I like a couple other reviewers sincerely hope an updated edition of this book will be out soon, now that so many other ballparks (Candlestick Park, Tiger Stadium, and the AstroDome, for example) have been replaced.
If you enjoy reading about what it was like to watch a game in these old parks, you will enjoy this book!
Also recommended: Nuggets on the Diamond, Grand Minor League, Baseball's Hometown Teams: The Story of the Minor Leagues
Hopefully a new edition will be printed soon; the book was originally published in 1992 and doesn't include parks closed since then. Any new edition would also benefit from including Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and the old Yankee Stadium. Even though these parks still exist, they would round out the history of the classic era of Major League Baseball.
The only shortcoming of the book is that it is a bit short; I would prefer some of the minor league parks be replaced with longer stories about major league parks. However, if you are interested in old ballparks or baseball history, BUY THIS BOOK!
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The book covers 22 ballparks that sadly are no more.Read more