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A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium

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On April 28, 1896, baseball fans traveled in horse-drawn buggies to watch the Detroit Tigers play their first baseball game at the site on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues. Starting out as Bennett Park, a wooden facility with trees growing in the outfield, Tiger Stadium has played a central role in the lives of millions of Detroiters and their families for more than a century. During the last century, millions of fans have come to Michigan and Trumbull to watch the Tigers' 7,800 home games, as well as ...

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Overview

On April 28, 1896, baseball fans traveled in horse-drawn buggies to watch the Detroit Tigers play their first baseball game at the site on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues. Starting out as Bennett Park, a wooden facility with trees growing in the outfield, Tiger Stadium has played a central role in the lives of millions of Detroiters and their families for more than a century. During the last century, millions of fans have come to Michigan and Trumbull to watch the Tigers' 7,800 home games, as well as to attend numerous other sporting, social, and civic events, including high school, collegiate, and professional football games, prep and Negro league baseball contests, political rallies, concerts, and boxing and soccer matches.

A companion to the narrative history, almost two hundred rare photographs capture the spirit of 140 years of baseball in Detroit. A Place for Summer furnishes a sense of the relationship between the community, its teams, and the various fields, parks, and stadiums that have served as common ground for generations of Detroiters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814325124
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Pages: 483
  • Sales rank: 832,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Bak is a freelance writer and is the author of Turkey Sternes and the Detroit Stars (1994) and Cobb Would Have Caught It (1991), both published by Wayne State University Press.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Without a doubt the best Tiger Stadium book in recent years

    With the closing of Tiger Stadium in 1999, there were several books that came out concerning the old place at Michigan and Trumbull. I bought them all and none are better than this book. This book is a great historical reference not only on the stadium but several Tiger players, managers and owners. There's also a small chapter on the Lions' history in the stadium which was a nice addition. Many books forget this aspect of the Tiger Stadium saga. Plenty to read (not a coffee table picture book) but there are also plenty of pictures. If you are a Tiger Stadium fan, then you should have this book. I don't give 5-star ratings often, but this one deserves it.

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