Tiger Stadium

Essays and Memories of Detroit’s Historic Ballpark, 1912–2009

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About the Book

Built in 1911, Detroit’s Tiger Stadium provided unmatched access for generations of baseball fans. Based on a classic grandstand design, its development through the 20th century reflected the booming industrial city around it. Emphasizing utility over adornment and offering more fans affordable seats near the field, it was in every sense a working class ballpark that made the game the central focus.
Drawing on the perspectives of historians, architects, fans and players, the author describes how Tiger Stadium grew, adapted and thrived, and how it was demolished in 2008—a casualty of racism and corporate welfare. Chronological diagrams illustrate the evolution of the playing field.

About the Author(s)

Michael Betzold is a former reporter, columnist, and copyeditor for the Detroit Free Press. He lives in Detroit.

John Davids, an architect at Stantec, produced The Cochrane Plan for renovating Tiger Stadium. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Bill Dow has written about Detroit sports history for the Detroit Free Press and Baseball Digest. He lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

John Pastier is a San Jose-based architecture writer with a specialty in ballpark history and design.

Lifelong Detroiter Frank Rashid teaches at Marygrove College and writes about Detroit literature, culture, and politics.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Michael Betzold, John Davids, Bill Dow, John Pastier and Frank Rashid
Series Editors David Cicotello and Angelo J. Louisa
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 100 photos, notes, bibliography, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6448-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3114-1
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Historic Ballparks