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  • Best Ballpark Book

    I collect ballparks.

    I have been to games in over 70 pro parks and taken pics of 40 others (no game that day or off season). I have a couple ballpark books, one is ST and one is a large circle shaped book that is pretty good. Got a question for everyone out there - what is the best ballpark book for a person like me?

    Thanks,

    G Rizzle

  • #2
    Well, there are a few out there. Oldies but goodies include Green Cathedrals by Lowry, Diamonds by Gershman, Lost Ballparks by Ritter, more recent titles include Take Me Out to the Ballpark by Leventhal, The Ballpark Book by the Sporting News, Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Sandalow and Sutton, Historic Ballparks: A Panoramic Vision by Pastier. Blue Skies Green Fields by Rosen is a joke, there are so many errors, however it includes quotes from players, broadcasters and other personalities.

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    • #3
      Take Me Out To The Ballpark was very good. I highly recommend it.
      I never fully read Green Cathedrals, but I have read a few chapters and thought it was good as well.
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      • #4
        City Baseball Magic by Bess

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        • #5
          There are some books focused on specific parks. E.g. The Greatest Ball Park Ever (Ebbets) and To Everything a Season (Shibe)

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          • #6
            Best baseball stadium book

            In my humble opinion - by FAR the best book on baseball stadums ever published - at least for coverage of those which existed prior to the 1970's - is 1975's "The Ballparks" w. text by Bill Shannon & photographs by George Kalinsky. This beautiful oversized book features great full page photos from a variety of angles & informative historical text about each facility.
            While no longer in print, the book is available from a number of used & out of print booksellers including many of the on-line sites & copies show up fairly regularly on e-bay as well.
            Really nice copies can be expensive, although not as expensive as they once were, but suitable reading/reference copies can be found at reasonable prices. I'd be surprised if you could find anyone who owns this book who doesn't feel it was worth whatever they paid for it.
            Last edited by baseballbooks; 01-21-2009, 07:01 AM. Reason: not finished

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            • #7
              i believe i have the one Sporting News publish, I recieved it as a present. I love, lots of big colorful pictures with good history about the stadiums.

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              • #8
                Phil Lowry

                The author of Green Cathedrals Phil Lowry may or not be a Baseball Fever member. His username is PLowry.

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                • #9
                  My new book, The Last Days of Shea, is about the experience of Shea stadium, and about what a fan goes through when a stadium is demolished. It will be published later this year by Taylor Trade Publishing.
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                  Read about my new book The Last Days of Shea

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                  • #10
                    Does anybody know what the MOST CURRENT book of major league stadium pictures is? There have been a lot of new parks and changes to old parks, i would love to have a book with them. Perhaps one will come out soon now that the Yankees and Mets have new parks, and parks like KC have been made a lot nicer. I love pictures of ballparks, and want to see what they look like now.
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                    • #11
                      Green Cathedrals remains my personal favorite.
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                      • #12
                        There is a really cool book not necessarily about ballparks per se, but is a baseball road trip book pinpointing baseball-related trips of interest around the globe.

                        Roadside Baseball by Chris Epting
                        http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0892047143
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                        • #13
                          There is an excellent book by Curt Smith called Storied Stadiums - A History of Baseball through its Ballparks. It's very thorough and well illustrated.
                          Hack Wilson - He was built like a beer keg and was not unfamiliar with its contents.

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                          • #14
                            Green Cathedrals remains my favorite....it would be great to see an updated version( If there has been a revised one,I missed it). Love the layout, just an enjoyable read!

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                            • #15
                              There was a book that came out recently written by an Angels minor leaguer. It's about life in the minor leagues and I'd love to read it. Does anyone know the name of it?
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