Summer That Saved Baseball: A 38-Day Journey to Thirty Major League Ballparks

Overview

The strike of 1994 took a lot out of Major League Baseball. For the first time, a World Series was cancelled, something that hadn't even happened during World War II. When play resumed, people stayed away from the ballparks in droves, and attendance was at an all-time low.

Then, in the summer of 1998, balls started flying out of the ballparks in St. Louis and Chicago. Suddenly baseball was fun again. The Great Home Run Derby between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa resulted in both ...

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Overview

The strike of 1994 took a lot out of Major League Baseball. For the first time, a World Series was cancelled, something that hadn't even happened during World War II. When play resumed, people stayed away from the ballparks in droves, and attendance was at an all-time low.

Then, in the summer of 1998, balls started flying out of the ballparks in St. Louis and Chicago. Suddenly baseball was fun again. The Great Home Run Derby between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa resulted in both men breaking Roger Maris's 37-year-old record of 61 home runs in a single season. When the season was over, McGwire had hit 70 home runs and Sosa 66, and the New York Yankees had won the first of three consecutive World Series championships.

Among the fans in the ballparks that summer were two recent graduates of Stanford University who had decided that before launching into their careers they would indulge themselves in one of the ultimate baseball fantasies: to see a game in all thirty ballparks of Major League Baseball. To make matters interesting, they decided to view these thirty games and visit the thirty stadiums in less than forty days.

This is the chronicle of that adventure, the story of their experiences at the ballparks and at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa. Each chapter offers a fan's-eye view of the stadiums and a description of their experiences at the ballparks — Kaval and even give advice on what not to miss at each stadium. The notoriety the authors gained while making this pilgrimage earned them special treatment by representatives of the host teams, ballpark officials, and concessionaires.

These storiesfocus on all that is good and enjoyable in Major League Baseball. And they are illustrated throughout with photographs from The Summer That Saved Baseball.

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In addition to homeruns, the World Series, player statistics and salaries, the national pastime of baseball is also about the stadiums, hotdogs, beer, mascots, and the team identification and loyalties of the fans themselves. In The Summer That Saved Baseball, Brad Null and Dave Kaval effectively collaborate to evaluate baseball stadiums, food, fans, and hospitality associated with professional baseball. Included are details about each stadium, the likes and dislikes involved, and even some very funny stories and anecdotes arising from their cross-country trip and the close quarter living they endured during their thirty-eight day survey. Of particular interest for dedicated baseball buffs will be the information revealed about the expenses, freebies, and general background data about each stadium, as well as the lists ranking everything from the stadium to the beer! The Summer That Saved Baseball is a "must" for everyone who has ever bought a ticket and sat in the bleachers to cheer or jeer the guys on the field.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581821871
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    I wish I could do this, too!

    It has long been the dream of many baseball fans to see a game in each of the stadiums. Of course, most of us think to do it in our lifetime, not in a month! These guys did it in 38 days, and this really fun book tells how they did it. It is also a very handy guide to the best and worst parks, atmosphere, fans & food out there. I really liked this book. This would be a good source if you are planning a trip to a stadium that you aren't familiar with. By the way, I've made it to 7 stadiums, and I hope to add a 8th one this summer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    The Ultimate Trip for a Baseball Fan.

    Accompanied them to five of the major league ballparks and it was unbelievable. Can't wait to read about what they did on their trip to the other ballparks.

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