Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America's Baseball Landmarks

Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America's Baseball Landmarks

by Chris Epting, Joe Buck

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Overview

Capturing such quintessentially American pastimes as baseball and road trips in one fascinating work, the updated and expanded third edition of Chris Epting’s Roadside Baseball chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location. 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 Enthusisam.” 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595807915
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 893,625
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Chris Epting is the author of 30 travel and history books, including James Dean Died Here, Led Zeppelin Crashed Here, Hello It's Me, and many others. He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine. In addition, Epting is a veteran music journalist and recently co-wrote Def Leppard's Phil Collins memoir, Adrenalized, and the John Oates memoir Change of Seasons. He is the creator and one of the hosts of the new docu-drama series on the REELZ Channel, “It Happened Here.” Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and their two children.
Chris Epting is the author of 30 travel and history books, including James Dean Died Here, Led Zeppelin Crashed Here, Hello It's Me, and many others. He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine. In addition, Epting is a veteran music journalist and recently co-wrote Def Leppard's Phil Collins memoir, Adrenalized, and the John Oates memoir Change of Seasons. He is the creator and one of the hosts of the new docu-drama series on the REELZ Channel, “It Happened Here.” Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and their two children.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joe Buck 6

Introduction 9

The East

Connecticut 14

Delaware 18

Maine 21

Maryland (and the Washington DC Area) 23

Massachusetts 39

New Hampshire 59

New Jersey 61

New York 73

Pennsylvania 108

Rhode Island 136

Vermont 138

Virginia 139

West Virginia 144

The South

Alabama 148

Arkansas 153

Florida 158

Georgia 169

Kentucky 180

Louisiana 185

Mississippi 188

North Carolina 190

South Carolina 198

Tennessee 200

Texas 205

The Midwest

Illinois 224

Indiana 238

Iowa 246

Kansas 250

Michigan 260

Minnesota 270

Missouri 276

Nebraska 291

North Dakota 294

Ohio 295

Oklahoma 310

South Dakota 314

Wisconsin 317

The West

Alaska 328

Arizona 329

California 335

Colorado 375

Hawaii 379

Idaho 380

Montana 382

Nevada 383

New Mexico 383

Oregon 383

Utah 386

Washington 387

Wyoming 391

Outside The Lines

Australia 394

Canada 394

Cuba 402

Dominican Republic 403

Europe 404

Japan 405

Mexico 407

Philippines 408

Puerto Rico 408

What People are Saying About This

Joe Garagiola

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.

Ken Burns

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.

From the Publisher

“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.”

Chicago Tribune




“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.”

USA Today




“Reading Roadside Baseball is like spending an afternoon rummaging around in baseball’s attic.”

—Jim Bouton




“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

Bill Spaceman Lee

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!

Jim Bouton

Like spending an afternoon rummaging around in baseball's attic.

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