Philadelphia's Old Ballparks

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Philadelphia's baseball history goes beyond Shibe Park. Philadelphia's Old Ballparks is both a documentary and an oral history, providing colorful descriptions of all the old professional parks and the many teams that played in them. Baker Bowl, with its right field wall so close to home plate, for instance, prompted sports writer Red Smith to quip, "It might be exaggerating to say the outfield wall casts a shadow across the infield. But if the right fielder had eaten onions at lunch, the second baseman knew it."...
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Overview

Philadelphia's baseball history goes beyond Shibe Park. Philadelphia's Old Ballparks is both a documentary and an oral history, providing colorful descriptions of all the old professional parks and the many teams that played in them. Baker Bowl, with its right field wall so close to home plate, for instance, prompted sports writer Red Smith to quip, "It might be exaggerating to say the outfield wall casts a shadow across the infield. But if the right fielder had eaten onions at lunch, the second baseman knew it." Shibe Park's idiosyncrasies are also well-documented, as are the others. The recollections of dozens of people: players, owners, vendors, ushers, groundskeepers, and fans have been called upon in recreating the world that was held within those walls.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781566394543
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Baseball In America Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.13 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Early Parks: Philadelphia's Oldest Pro Baseball Fields 1
Recreation Park: Birthplace of the Phillies 9
Columbia Park: First Home of the Athletics 15
Philadelphia Park/Baker Bowl: Unusual in Almost Every Way 27
Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium 99
Bibliography 197
About the Author 199
Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    An Unusual and Outstanding Baseball Book

    The author does an excellent job in describing Philadelphia's former baseball parks. As someone who grew up in Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s, it brought back fond memories of Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium. You feel you were actually there as a fan in these parks, especially Baker Bowl and Shibe Park. The author was obviously very thorogh in his research. One of the things I especially liked is that he apparently conducted numerous interviews of former players, writers, team officials and their relatives, and fans, and didn't rely solely on published materials, as some authors do. His writing style is clear, informative and very readable. I recommend the book highly. I plan to see what other books the author has written.

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