Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks

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Some major league ballparks are eighty-year-old shrines to the poetic game of baseball; others are brand-new and offer surprising amenities, such as swimming pools, pet sitting, and public play-by-play booths. The differences in the ballparks -- outfield dimensions, uneven fences, width of foul territories, elevation, and wind patterns -- are as much a factor in the game as anything else. A home run in one park could be just a long flyout in another. A run-scoring single on natural grass might bounce truer, get ...
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Overview

Some major league ballparks are eighty-year-old shrines to the poetic game of baseball; others are brand-new and offer surprising amenities, such as swimming pools, pet sitting, and public play-by-play booths. The differences in the ballparks -- outfield dimensions, uneven fences, width of foul territories, elevation, and wind patterns -- are as much a factor in the game as anything else. A home run in one park could be just a long flyout in another. A run-scoring single on natural grass might bounce truer, get fielded faster, and turn into an out at home plate in a park carpeted with Astroturf. Such quirks are also what give each park its unique ambience: Fenway has its Green Monster and manual scoreboard, Kansas City its fountains and waterfalls, Wrigley Field its ivy-covered walls and rooftop seats across the street.

Here is a treat for anyone who likes to get out and see real baseball where it happens. Fields of Dreams includes every ballpark's physical characteristics, food selection, highlights and drawbacks, its role in baseball history, where the best seats are, how to avoid traffic, and where to park. It also gives the rundown on every major league town -- where to stay, eat, and have fun, and what's of interest in the vicinity.

No other book tells you how to have the best experience at every stadium, then shows you how to have a great time in town between games. This edition has been revised throughout and updated to include the newest facilities, Comerica Park, Enron Field, PNC Park, Miller Park, and Pacific Bell Park.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806519654
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Preface ix
Introduction xii
The East
Atlanta: Turner Field 3
Baltimore: Orioles Park at Camden Yards 10
Boston: Fenway Park 18
Cleveland: Jacobs Field 26
Miami: Pro Player Stadium 33
Montreal: Olympic Stadium 41
New York: Shea and Yankee Stadiums 47
Philadelphia: Veterans Stadium 60
Pittsburgh: PNC Park 67
Tampa Bay: Tropicana Field 74
Toronto: SkyDome 82
The Midwest
Arlington: The Ballpark 91
Chicago: Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field 102
Cincinnati: Riverfront Stadium 115
Denver: Coors Field 121
Detroit: Comerica Park 129
Houston: Enron Field 137
Kansas City: Kauffman Stadium 145
Milwaukee: Miller Park 152
Minneapolis: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 160
Saint Louis: Busch Stadium 169
The West
Anaheim: Anaheim Stadium 177
Los Angeles: Dodger Stadium 185
Oakland: Alameda County Stadium 194
Phoenix: Bank One Ballpark 200
San Diego: Jack Murphy Stadium 206
San Francisco: Pacific Bell Park 214
Seattle: Safeco Field 225
Appendix A On Your Own Versus Taking a Tour 232
Appendix B Spring Training 236
Bibliography 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Don't be afraid to do research

    This book is horribly researched. In the section about Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL., the author mentions that people could park in a parking deck that doesn't exist. Among other mistakes, he incorrectly states the field surface, gives the wrong name for one of the bridges crossing the bay and states that the major sports radio station is 910 am which switched formats about 5 years ago. All of these mistakes could be corrected with a phone call, but that would be tough to do because the phone number provided for the Devil Rays is incorrect as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    not so fabulous fenway

    enjoyed the book for the most part and have been to 21 different parks myself. it can serve as a great reference book as far as hotels,restaurants,etc. around each ballpark.however,the author was wrong about several things.he states that the concessions in fenway are above average(and i really disagree with that but thats only an opinion)with one major flaw-no vendors in the stands. well, ive been to over 500 games over the last 25 years and the stands are literally flooded with vendors and have been since my first game there.he also states that the concession stands have no closed circuit tvs.what!theyve been there for years.also,one of the hotels he says is in walking distance is really over 2 miles away.things like these make me wonder if the author went to all these ballparks or maybe got some of the information secondhand.

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