Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present

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Take Me Out to the Ballpark is a wonderful tour through every park in the Major League, alongside dozens more stadiums from the minor leagues, negro leagues and baseball's past. Packed with hundreds of photographs and loaded with facts, stories and statistics, it's the ultimate resource for diehards and casual fans alike.

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Take Me Out to the Ballpark is a wonderful tour through every park in the Major League, alongside dozens more stadiums from the minor leagues, negro leagues and baseball's past. Packed with hundreds of photographs and loaded with facts, stories and statistics, it's the ultimate resource for diehards and casual fans alike.

Virtually every stadium that has ever hosted a professional game is here and brought to life through detailed retelling of its history and construction, stories of the famous players who called it home, and accounts of the incredible events that have taken place on the field. Discussions of the peculiar variations among each ballpark's playing field - a trait unique to baseball among professional sports - examine what makes each park different and demonstrate how sometimes even the slightest variation can have a monumental effect on a game's outcome.

- Every stadium is displayed in huge full-color photographs and illustrations - over 250 in all - including every current Major League stadium, important minor league parks, famous negro league fields and notable stadiums from baseball's past.

- Each feature is crammed with the statistics baseball fans love - who got the park's first hit, total cost of construction, what date saw the biggest crowd, numbers of balls that have make it over the fences, and much more.

- Legends of all the famous athletes and their spectacular achievements, along with fun stories of unusual incidents and incredible occurrences, uncover the singular "personality" that makes each park unique.

- Special sections explore all the things that make a trip to the ballpark a one-of-a-kind experience, from hot dogs to Cracker Jacks, announcers to organists, scoreboards to mascots.

Covers every current major league park, including:

Shea Stadium - Fenway Park - Wrigley Field - Dodger Stadium - Oriole Park at Camden Yards - Yankee Stadium - Coors Field - The Skydome - The Ballpark in Arlington - Busch Stadium - Jacobs Field - and many more!

Historical features on bygone classics from baseball's past:

Ebbets Field - The Polo Grounds - Tiger Stadium - Comisky Park - The Astrodome - Forbes Field - League Parks, food at the park, the evolution of night baseball, and much, much more!

Plus region-by-region examinations of minor league parks and fields from the negro leagues, and fun features on the history of ballparks, food at the park, the evolution of night baseball, and much, much more!

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Leventhal updates his previous editions with the inclusion of the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC; the Houston Astro's home being renamed from Enron Field to Minute Maid Park; and the opening of new parks, including San Diego's PETCO Park. The sections on the ballparks of the Negro Leagues and the Minor Leagues have been expanded. This stadium-shaped coffee table ode to the ballpark will delight both the young and the old. Readers will appreciate the nostalgia of the early parks and the return to their best features in the new state of the art parks of today. Construction costs, seating capacity, and surface dimensions are provided. There are photographs of the stadiums, text that discusses their unique features, and sections called "Firsts, Feats and Facts" and "Records and Milestones" that will educate young readers on the history of the game and bring back to mind special moments for their parents and grandparents. There are other working parts of ballparks, which include the groundskeepers, the concessionaires, the announcers, and the scoreboards—each of these is a topic for discussion. I discovered two very minor issues: No final stats are given for Olympic Stadium in Montreal for the last Expos game in 2004. And the information inside the baseball on page 34 leaves out Eddie Murray's last name. Overall, this will bring hours of enjoyment to every baseball fan. Readers can follow their favorite teams as they travel to various parks during baseball season. It will supply the answers to many trivia questions during the off season. 2006 (orig. 2000), Workman Publishing, Ages 8 to adult.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579125134
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 13.31 (w) x 13.31 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Josh Leventhal is the author of The World Series and Take Me Out to the Ballpark and is the publisher of MVP Books, an imprint of Quayside Books.  He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents


Introduction (8)

Fenway Park (16)

Braves Field (20)

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team (21)

Leading the Cheers: Organists, PA Announcers and Mascots (22)

Baseball in the Big Apple (24)

Yankee Stadium (25)

Shea Stadium (28)

Polo Grounds (30)

Ebbets Field (32)

Veterans Stadium (34)

Baker Bowl (35)

Shibe Park (36)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards (38)

Memorial Stadium (40)

What's in a Name? (41)

Minor League Ballparks of the Northeast (42)

Griffith Stadium (44)

Olympic Stadium (46)

SkyDome (48)

Three Rivers Stadium (50)

Forbes Field (52)

Negro Leagues in the East (54)

Jacobs Field (56)

League Park (58)

Cleveland Stadium (59)

Crosley Field (60)

Let There Be Lights! The Development of Night Baseball (62)

Cinergy Field (63)

Tiger Stadium (64)

Comerica Park (67)

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks: Foods at the Ballpark (68)

Milwaukee County Stadium (70)

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (72)

Minor League Ballparks of the Midwest (74)

Wrigley Field (76)

Comiskey Park II (79)

Midwest Ballparks of the Past (82)

Busch Stadium (83)

Sportsman's Park (84)

Kauffman Stadium (87)

Negro Leagues in the Midwest (88)

Turner Field (95)

Launching Pads and Homer Domes (91)

Minor League Ballparks of the South (92)

Pro Player Stadium (94)

Tropicana Field (95)

Negro Leagues in the South (96)

Astrodome (98)

Enron Field (100)

Minor League Ballparks of Texas (101)

The Ballpark in Arlington (102)

On the Boards: Scoreboards and Billboards (104)

Coors Field (106)

Bank One Ballpark (108)

Qualcomm Stadium (109)

Edison International Field (110)

Dodger Stadium (112)

Pacific Bell Park (115)

Candlestick Park (116)

Fields of Green: The Groundskeepers (118)

Network Associates Coliseum (120)

SAFECO Field (122)

Minor League Ballparks of the West (124)

Chronology of Major League Ballparks: 1871-2000 (126)

References and Illustration Credits (128)

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  • Anonymous

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    Great Book

    This is a great book. It is very informative and interesting. I just couldn't put it down. A must have for baseball fans.

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