Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America's Baseball Landmarks
Santa Monica Press, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his newly updated and expanded edition of the ultimate baseball aficionado's travel guide is filled with important information about the sport and the special places a hardball fan might wish to visit.
acked with historical data, trivia, photographs, baseball lore, the locations of birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums and halls of fame, you can use this guide to not only visit locations close to home but plan also a baseball odyssey across the country.
rom the final resting places of the big names of the sport to where the early stadiums were once located, the book is filled with amazing material. Entries include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston where the Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series, the site of the old Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto, Canada, and the cemetery where Leo Durocher rests in Southern California.
n the guide's introduction, Chris Epting writes, '
I hope you enjoy this new edition, which has many new sites added. Since the first book, a bunch of ballparks have come down, new markers have been placed and lots more. Whether you have a chance to travel to these places or just read about them, I hope that the spirit of the book comes through - this idea that baseball, history and the open road all have a beautiful relationship with each other.
lthough it would be nice to visit these places, just reading about them will broaden baseball fans' knowledge of their favorite game and make them formidable baseball trivia opponents!
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