Chris Epting is the author of 16 books, including Roadside Baseball and James Dean Died Here, as well as Arcadia's Images of Sports: The Early Polo Grounds and Then and Now: Huntington Beach. For Los Angeles's Historic Ballparks, he incorporates images from a variety of sources including the author's personal collection and several local historical societies. Originally from New York, Chris lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and their two children.
Los Angeles's Historic Ballparksby Chris Epting
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Baseball's long and storied history in Los Angeles has been played at venues including the turn-of-the-century Chutes Park, which was part of an amusement park, as well as Gilmore Field, where the Hollywood Stars played, and Wrigley Field, where many movies and television shows were filmed. The 1923-vintage Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum became the Dodgers' first home in California in 1958, when they moved from Brooklyn. Greater Los Angeles also featured professional baseball at Olive Memorial Stadium in Burbank, Brookside Park in Pasadena, on Catalina Island, plus at numerous diamonds throughout Orange and Riverside Counties, where legends including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Connie Mack appeared. Most fans know Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, but many other historic ballparks existed in Southern California. Their images are collected together here for the first time.
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