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From the PublisherMark Hyman
Richmond is simply one of the most gifted sportswriters around. He could make a visit to an Eastern Shore sod farm into an exhilerating moment. And in this book, he has.
A subtle and revealing book about the making of Camden Yards...Clear-eyed,
unsentimental and candid.
Daniel Okrent author of Nine Innings and Baseball Anecdotes
Ballpark is a captivating book-the reporting terrific, the writing superb, the subject far more complex than its quiet title. Richmond has managed to combine baseball, architecture, politics, history, and a series of marvelous character studies into something nearly as grand as Camden Yards itself.
Robert Lipsyte columnist, The New York Times
This savory biography of a place brims with the lives of real people: a dying power-broker, a slickfielding clubhouse lawyer, a steel-willed architect, whose passions for excellence reflect the game itself.
Los Angeles Times
Richmond masterfully dissects [the building of Camden Yards]...His irreverence is precisely what I should have expected from such a stylish, insightful sportswriter.
An important work of scholarship that should be read by politicians, team officials and sportswriters alike, because the lessons contained therein are universal.
The New York Times Book Review
An informative and entertaining account of how Camden Yards came into being. Who got the ball rolling, who picked it up and ran with it, and who dropped it are detailed in short, sharp sketches.