Ballpark: Baseball in the American City
by Paul Goldberger
Baseball fans share a common, transcendent memory: on the first trip to a Major League ballpark, emerging from beneath the stands and getting an initial glimpse of the field, with its perfect proportions and emerald-green grass. My glimpse was at the old Comiskey Park in South Chicago, and I’ll never forget it.
For those fans and anyone else who ever went to a ballgame, Paul Goldberger has written a wonderful book. Goldberger, for years architecture critic at the New York Times, begins just after the Civil War and explores the history and structure of baseball parks through the years, as indicated by his chapter titles: From Wood to Steel and Stone, The Golden Age, Aspiring to Monumentality, Leaving the City, Era of Concrete Doughnuts, Baseball Returns, and The Ballpark as Theme Park. All your favorite parks are here: Wrigley, Fenway, Camden Yards, and on and on. Enjoy!