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

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

by Josh Leventhal, Leventhal
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579123321
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Revised & Up to Date
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
13.99(w) x 13.99(h) x 0.64(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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