Ballparks of North America

A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia of Baseball Grounds, Yards and Stadiums, 1845 to 1988


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About the Book

What grandstand collapsed during a game, killing twelve? How high is the Green monster in Fenway? In what park was the outfield fence only 187 feet from home plate?
Ballparks of North America is a comprehensive encyclopedia of the grounds, yards and stadiums used for organized baseball from the invention of the sport in the 1840s to the year 1988. Entries, listed alphabetically by community, cover everything from cornfields to Yankee Stadium. Each entry gives the location of the park, who played there and when, home run dimensions, seating capacity, architectural comments, attendance records, and anecdotes. More than 100 photos and drawings are included, some rare.

About the Author(s)

Michael Benson is the author of more than 50 books on sports, film, crime and conspiracy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Michael Benson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 505
Bibliographic Info: 167 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [1989]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4421-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1474-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction: Diamonds in the Dust     xxv

Ballparks of North America     1

Bibliography      423
Index      437

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Exhaustive…an impressive work”—Library Journal
  • “Another in this publisher’s excellent series of sports reference books…an impressive piece of research”—Choice