Big League Ballparks: The Complete Illustrated History (Hardcover)

The Complete Illustrated History

By Gary Gillette, Eric Enders, Stuart Shea, Matthew Silverman

Metro Books, 9781435114524, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2010



Baseball fans may argue over the all-time best pitchers, worst plays in history, or which team will win the pennant, but everyone can agree that the baseball stadium holds a sacred place in American cultural life. In this breathtakingly comprehensive tour of ballparks past and present, readers can enjoy an intimate view of every major league park (more than sixty-five in all): cozy Wrigley Field, magnificent Dodger Stadium, historic Fenway Park, newcomer Miller Park, and much more. Packed with nearly a thousand breathtaking photos that zoom right into the action, this massive tome is a box seat for baseball's evolution from the crude grounds of the 1890s to the opulent new stadiums opened in New York in 2009.

About the Author

Gary Gillette is the co-editor of the "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia" and was the co-founder and vice president of Total Sports, Inc., where he contributed groundbreaking research to "Total Baseball." He currently serves as co-chair of the Society for American Baseball Research's business of baseball committee and lives in Detroit, where he serves on the board of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.Eric Enders is a baseball writer and historian whose writing has appeared in the "New York Times," various MLB publications, and other works. A former researcher at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is the author of "Ballparks: Then and Now" and "Fall Classic: The Definitive History of the World Series." A lifelong Dodgers fan, he currently resides in El Paso, Texas.Stuart Shea is the editor of "Fantasy Baseball Index" magazine, associate editor of the "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia," and the author of "Wrigley Field: The Unauthorized Biography," in addition to several books on music and pop culture. He lives near Wrigley Field, where he spends as much time as possible.Matthew Silverman is a longtime Mets fan, as evidenced by his three books on the subject, including "100 Things Mets Fans Need to Know and Do Before They Die." He was the principal editor of "Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia "and an associate editor of the "ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia."