- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Studio; First Edition edition (March 8, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140234225
- ISBN-13: 978-0140234220
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,250,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields Paperback – March 8, 1994
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The book covers 22 ballparks that sadly are no more. The famous parks that one would expect are all here (the 16 classic teams' lost parks are all covered), but Ritter tosses in some surprises. Some recent parks have chapters - Baltimore Municipal, Kansas City Municipal, Metropolitan, and Jarry Park - along with some nearly forgotten older parks - League Park, Hilltop Park, and Baker Bowl.
The big surprise is that Ritter includes some notable minor league parks, such as Hollywood's Gilmore Field, Montreal Stadium (Jackie Robinson's 1946 home), Minneapolis' Nicollet Park, Buffalo's Offerman Stadium, San Francisco's Seals Stadium, and the OTHER Wrigley Field (the one in Los Angeles where Home Run Derby was filmed). How many ballpark books include these with the well-chronicled Ebbets Field? Bravo!
Each park gets about a ten-page chapter, which includes a light-hearted but substantial historical narrative, a list of top ten highlights, and plenty of nostalgic pictures. Much of the narratives cover familiar ground, but most fans will learn something new, particularly about the minor league parks.
My only reservation about the book is that, while the narratives touch the important points about the parks, it left me wanting more.
It's interesting reading this together with Green Cathedrals, which is a much better reference book but has long collections of facts rather than narratives and many fewer pictures.
The book was written in 1992. A lot of notable parks have been retired since then (Tiger, Candlestick, Astrodome, County, Cleveland Municipal), so hopefully Ritter will revise the book.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love reading Lawrence Ritter! He's one of our best baseball writers - ever!Published 29 days ago by Benjamin Gordon
I love the stories of the old ballparks that are gone, this is really good. I highly recommend this book.Published on June 6, 2014 by Robert W. Banyard
This is well done by Lawrence Ritter. There were some ballparks I would ahve liked to see that weren't in there. But overall, very well done.Published on November 8, 2013 by Steven Earl Mader
The nostalgia aspects of this book are exceptional in how it truly brings to life the experience of visiting one of the old ballparks. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by Darren D. Wheeler
Lost Ballparks (1992) by Lawrence S. Ritter is a fascinating look at old ballparks from the past - the very distant past. Read morePublished on November 15, 2009 by Joker
I found myself scanning pictures from this book to e-mail friends so often that they thought i stumbled onto a baseball archival treasure chest. Read morePublished on August 11, 2003
For those who remember the old ballparks and for for those who don't this is a must have book. Gives the reader a feeling of what it was like to watch those historical moments.Published on July 14, 2003 by rodog63jr
This is a decent book, but it could have been much better. This book was written in 1992, so it misses out on the golden age of retired baseball parks. Read morePublished on January 2, 2002 by Michael Anderson