ballparks are not created equal. Did you know that the Baker Bowl in
North Philadelphia had a short right field, and playing to that quirk
allowed Phillies batters to capture 13 home-run titles in 21 years?
Each stadium—from Boston's legendary Fenway Park to New York's
Yankee Stadium to lesser-known fields all across the country—has
its own dimensions and layout that have a major effect on players and
the game itself. Teams play 81 games a year, and no two are exactly
celebrates the uniqueness of our national pastime's parks, stadiums,
There's Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, where Hall of Fame
games are played, and Howard J. Lamade stadium in Pennsylvania that
hosts the Little League World Series. There are places long gone like
Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and newly-built
marvels like Nationals Park in Washington, DC. From the major to the
minor leagues, each park is identified, discussed, and accompanied by
stunning photographs or specially commissioned artwork.
It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but what does matter is
where you play the game.
From Wooden Seats to Retro Classics
by Eric Pastore
Bay Press, 2011