Packed with historical data, trivia, photographs, and baseball lore, entries include the birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums and halls of fame, final resting places, and many locations that are no longer standing. From out-of-the-way spots to the most popular stadiums in the U.S. and Canada, no site is too small or insignificant to be included in this comprehensive guide.
The third edition of Roadside Baseball includes hundreds of newly discovered landmarks, including the former locations of stadiums that have been torn down since the last edition of the book (Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Tiger Stadium, etc.), information on the Negro Leagues Baseball Marker project which has placed headstones around the country to honor forgotten African American ballplayers, new exhibits at existing MLB parks, and suggested daytrip itineraries located near your favorite stadiums.
Other new entries include the actual diamond used for the classic film, The Sandlot; the exact location where Mickey Mantle’s legendary 565-foot blast landed; the baseball field in Orange County, California, where many believe Babe Ruth hit the longest home run of his career against the great Walter Johnson (along with extremely rare photos of Ruth both batting and pitching during that very game); the newly marked location in Kekionga, Indiana where the first major league game was played in 1871; all 29 markers along the new “Hot Springs Baseball Trail” celebrating baseball history in Arkansas; and Heckscher Fields in Central Park, New York, where Larry David’s softball team played in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Entries from the previous edition include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston, where the Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series; the original Little League field and museum in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the birthplace of Jackie Robinson; the place where Mickey Mantle was discovered by a scout from the New York Yankees; and the site of the original Wrigley Field, erected in Los Angeles in 1925.
The third edition of Roadside Baseball is the most comprehensive book ever written on the locations of baseball landmarks, and the perfect gift for baseball fans of all ages!
|Publisher:||Santa Monica Press|
|Edition description:||3rd ed.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Joe Buck 6
Maryland (and the Washington DC Area) 23
New Hampshire 59
New Jersey 61
New York 73
Rhode Island 136
West Virginia 144
North Carolina 190
South Carolina 198
North Dakota 294
South Dakota 314
New Mexico 383
Outside The Lines
Dominican Republic 403
Puerto Rico 408
What People are Saying About This
For the fan, this is the ultimate road trip. Chris Epting is the perfect traveling secretary to lead you to all these great baseball stops.
What a wonderful book. All the 'stations of the cross' of our national pastime are here, big and small, telling and frivolous. I can imagine this book in the glove compartment of every true fan's car, a handy reference to this beloved game no matter where in the country you are.
“What a wonderful book. All the ‘stations of the cross’ of our national pastime are here, big and small, telling and frivolous. I can imagine this book in the glove compartment of every true fan’s car, a handy reference to this beloved game no matter where in the country you are.”
Ken Burns, Academy Award–nominated director
“It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves baseball and travel.”
“If it doesn’t make baseball fans feel as if they’ve died and gone to heaven, it’ll at least get them to Dyersville, Iowa’s Field of Dreams, where the set for the movie of the same name attracts thousands.”
“Reading Roadside Baseball is like spending an afternoon rummaging around in baseball’s attic.”
“This one-of-a-kind road atlas takes baseball fans across the United States to out-of-the-way spots and near-forgotten sandlots, where the remnants of baseball history still endure.”
The Sporting News
“Chris Epting has delivered a stand-up triple (baseball’s most exciting play) in Roadside Baseball . . . he doesn’t miss a beat in the 336-page atlas, loaded with pictures.”
Chicago Sun Times
“As the ‘Spaceman’ I came from Stengel Field in Glendale, California, and ended up in the friendly confines of Fenway Park. In between and beyond, I have stood on the same sacred ground of Holman Stadium where Don Newcomb and Roy Campanella played. I have touched the monument of Mickey Cochrane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Roadside Baseball is the GPS that takes us to all this and more. You must have it in your glove compartment when you hit the road!”
Bill “Spaceman” Lee, author and former major league baseball player
“For the fan, this is the ultimate road trip . . . the perfect [guide] to lead you to all [the] great baseball stops.”
Joe Garagiola, announcer and former major league baseball player
Roadside Baseball is the GPS that takes us to all this and more. You must have it in your glove compartment when you hit the road!
Like spending an afternoon rummaging around in baseball's attic.