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Ballpark: Baseball in the American City | Paul Goldberger
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An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic. From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a "saloon in the open air"), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit's Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations--bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the "concrete donuts" of the 1950s and 60s made plain television's grip on the public's attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore's Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball's role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball's history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game--the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands--shaped our most beloved ballparks. A fascinating, exuberant ode to the Edens at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields.
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Jimbod12
Mehso-so

I enjoyed learning more about parks that I love. At times I felt it was slow and boring.

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sprainedbrain
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#BFCr3 Week 4... reporting live from Busch Stadium.

I managed all of my goals this week except the healthy eating. 😬

Go Cards!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
Meaw_catlady Yay!! You‘re awesome! 👏💕 6mo
vivastory Are you going to any of the bookstores while you're there? This is one of my favorites 6mo
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sprainedbrain @vivastory not this trip... only one of my kids is ever down for a bookstore crawl. 🙄 I‘ve been to Left Bank! Love it. 6mo
vivastory That's a shame. I hope you have a good trip though! 6mo
sprainedbrain @vivastory Almost home now... it was just a couple of days and one night. We go there a lot! 6mo
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CallMeIshmael
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Mini me

Megabooks Precious!! 8mo
JennyM Naw...that‘s lovely 8mo
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CallMeIshmael
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CallMeIshmael
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Father‘s Day present