Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks

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Green Cathedrals is a celebration of the sport of baseball, through the lens of its ballparks—the “fields of dreams” of players and fans alike. In all, some 405 ballparks have, over time, hosted a Major League or Negro League game, and each one of them is given its due, from hard statistics about dimensions to nostalgic and current photographs, to anecdotes that will inspire the memories of fans all over the country. From Fenway Park and Gus Greenlee Field (home of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords), ...

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Overview

Green Cathedrals is a celebration of the sport of baseball, through the lens of its ballparks—the “fields of dreams” of players and fans alike. In all, some 405 ballparks have, over time, hosted a Major League or Negro League game, and each one of them is given its due, from hard statistics about dimensions to nostalgic and current photographs, to anecdotes that will inspire the memories of fans all over the country. From Fenway Park and Gus Greenlee Field (home of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords), to Ebbets Field, Camden Yards, and the brand-new parks that have opened in the past two years, Green Cathedrals presents a cavalcade of the most beautiful sporting venues in history. Fully revised and updated since its previous edition a decade ago, with more than 130 new ballparks and hundreds of new photographs, Green Cathedrals is an essential reference for baseball aficionados and a perfect gift for baseball fans everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

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This substantially revised volume updates the original 1992 edition with new photographs and some 100 additional ballparks and 400 baseball diamonds (arranged by geographical area). Lowry's (Forbes Field) write-ups include a recounting of occupants, the specific location of the parks, the fields' dimensions, the size of the fences, the surfaces, present usages, capacities, and what he calls particular "phenomena" with myriad details and historical anecdotes. With some ballparks more history-laden than others, the coverage varies in richness, with high marks going to the famous stadiums—Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, and, of course, Yankee Stadium—but the information on other venues is still valuable. Lowry's notations on the dimensions of various "green cathedrals" shed some light on batting averages, ERAs, and home runs during the relevant periods. His analyses of particulars are fascinating, e.g., that of perhaps the most celebrated catch in Major League history: Willie Mays's snaring of the mammoth shot belted by Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series. Lowry also asks whether Bobby Thompson's homer in the 1951 pennant-winning contest against the Dodgers would have been out of the park "only at the Polo Grounds" (he eventually determines it might have also been a four-bagger at Yankee Stadium, but then Thompson would have had to have smacked it farther, albeit over a shorter wall). Bottom LineThis edition merely reinforces the book's standing as an exemplary reference work for baseball fans and historians alike. An excellent purchase for larger baseball collections, especially those lacking the original edition; highlyrecommended. [See "Spring Baseball Lineup: The New Season by the Book" for more baseball books, p. 78.—Ed.]
—Bob Cottrell, California State Univ., Chico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416126218
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip J. Lowry’s love for ballparks has been shaped by his career as an engineer. His inspiration for this book can be traced to childhood visits to Pittsburgh’s legendary Forbes Field, and has been sustained during the decade of research his book represents. He now lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Best of the ballpark guides

    This is the most rigorously researched and illustrated guide to present and past ballparks that I have found. The scholarship is exceptional and must have been a labor of love for Lowry. I believed I was fairly well informed but repeatedly found new information and lore. Baseball venerates its venues more than any other sport. Golf has Augusta, tennis Wimbledon, basketball MSG, but baseball has dozens of storied parks and remembers even those that are long gone except in the pages of books like this. I haven't yet gotten to the Negro League parks but anticipate filling in a large void in my knowledge of that era.
    A tremendous asset for a writer like me, any serious fan, and people who like to visualize history through architecture.

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