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Author Goldberger, Paul, author.

Title Ballpark : baseball in the American city / Paul Goldberger.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  796.357 GOL    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description xiii, 364 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [339]-343) and index.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Brooklyn beginnings -- Amusement versus virtue -- From wood to steel and stone -- The golden age -- Aspiring to monumentality -- Leaving the city -- Era of concrete doughnuts -- Camden Yards: baseball returns -- After Baltimore: looking back or looking forward? -- Lessons forgotten, lessons learned -- New York retro, Miami modern -- The ballpark as theme park.
Subject Baseball fields -- United States -- History.
Baseball fields -- United States -- Design and construction -- History.
Baseball fields -- Social aspects -- United States.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780307701541 (hardback)
0307701549 (hardback)

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