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

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Featuring hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations of every Major League ballpark, famous stadiums from the past, and dozens of Minor and Negro league parks, Take Me Out to the Ballpark has surely earned its place as one of the most beloved baseball books. New stadiums in this completely revised and updated edition include Citizens Bank Ballpark (Philadelphia), PETCO Park (San Diego), and the newly renovated RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) home to the Washington ...
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Featuring hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations of every Major League ballpark, famous stadiums from the past, and dozens of Minor and Negro league parks, Take Me Out to the Ballpark has surely earned its place as one of the most beloved baseball books. New stadiums in this completely revised and updated edition include Citizens Bank Ballpark (Philadelphia), PETCO Park (San Diego), and the newly renovated RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) home to the Washington Nationals.

Crammed with the statistics baseball fans love, Take Me Out to the Ballpark will hit a home run with legions of new readers this fall.

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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 an editor and the author of the best-selling book Take Me Out to the Ballpark, The World Series: An Illustrated History of the Fall Classic, and Baseball Yesterday & Today, among others. He lives in Minneapolis, 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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    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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