Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ballparks of the Grapefruit and Cactus Leaguesby Joshua R. Pahigian
Though it has changed some in recent years, spring training continues to be a time of renewal for baseball. Teams and fans, many from the snowy climes of the North, descend on Florida and Arizona to begin preparing for what they are sure will be a trip to the World Series. With the pace of the game a little slower, fans close to the action, and players more
Though it has changed some in recent years, spring training continues to be a time of renewal for baseball. Teams and fans, many from the snowy climes of the North, descend on Florida and Arizona to begin preparing for what they are sure will be a trip to the World Series. With the pace of the game a little slower, fans close to the action, and players more accessible, the sport seems to return to its roots for a brief, idyllic time.
Based on the author's visits to each of the 26 current spring training ballparks17 in Florida and 9 in Arizonathis reference work first provides a detailed description of the ballpark as it currently exists, plus information on its history. Next comes the spring training history of the resident major league team (or teams, for the four parks that are shared), along with information about noteworthy spring training sites that were, or still are, located near the existing ballpark. Information on the area surrounding the ballpark completes the entry, focusing on other baseball and sports-related attractions in the area. An appendix provides a full listing of every major league team's spring training sites since 1914. Heavily illustrated.
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Meet the Author
Joshua R. Pahigian is the author of several baseball books, including The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip and 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, and of the novel Strangers on the Beach. He has also contributed articles to a variety of magazines, including ESPN.com. He teaches undergraduate writing at the University of New England, and graduate writing at Western Connecticut State University.
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Unlike other spring training books that treat only the topic of the ballparks in Florida OR Arizona, this book covers both. It is much more than merely a travel guide, offering all kinds of history and lore related to the spring training towns in both states. Although I won't be traveling to spring training this year, I will live vicariously through this book.
I just received this book as a gift and am thrilled with it. It contains all kinds of interesting anecdotes and historical information about the spring training towns, ballparks, and teams in Florida and Arizona, as well as tons of practical tips for spring training travelors, ranging from where the best seats are, where to position yourself for autographs before, after or during the games, and where to hang out in each town while visiting. It also contains plenty of pictures of the spring ballparks and players. This is a terrific read for snowbound fans waiting for the season to arrive, and also for fans able to travel to Arizona and Florida to soak up some sun.