The Essential Baseball Library
December 8, 1997
The Ballpark Sourcebook: Diamond Diagrams. Historical summaries, pictures, diagrams and more of over 100 ballparks. Stats Inc.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark edited by Michael Gershman (1993). A chronological look at the development of baseball ballparks starting with the very first game at Elysian Fields. The essays are written with a special emphasis on construction and urban influence. Fully illustrated with photographs and maps. 1993 Casey award winner.
Green Cathedrals edited by Philip J. Lowry (1992). A detailed history of 271 ballparks including those of the Negro Leagues. There are plenty of architectural facts, ballpark history, statistics, photos, trivia and anecdotes to keep you busy all winter. A definite must for every fan.
Lost Ballparks: Fond Remembrances of Baseballís Legendary Fields by Lawrence J. Ritter (1992). Reminiscences of 22 classic ballparks-- all of which are just fond memories now. Illustrated with over 250 photographs.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark edited by Lowell Reidenbaugh (1983). This Sporting News publication was the first and still one of the best of ballpark histories. In all, 35 parks are profiled with text, photos and the classic illustrations of Gene Mack (the highlight of each chapter.) Included are many interesting tidbits and anecdotes along with capsule histories of each team's others parks.