Roadside Baseball, 3rd Edition : The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks

Roadside Baseball, 3rd Edition : The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks
Chris Epting Foreword by Joe Buck
June 2019
408
$19.95
Hundreds of Black-and-White Photographs
Travel, Pop Culture, Sports
9781595800985
6 x 9
Trade Paper

"What a wonderful book. All the ‘stations of the cross’ of our national pastime are here, big and small, telling and frivolous. I can imagine this book in the glove compartment of every true fan’s car, a handy reference to this beloved game no matter where in the country you are."
—Ken Burns, filmmaker and baseball historian

Voted One of the Best Travel Books by the Los Angeles Times

Capturing such quintessentially American pastimes as baseball and road trips in one fascinating work, the updated and expanded third edition of Chris Epting’s Roadside Baseball chronicles more than 500 important events in baseball history, with detailed descriptions of the event and information on each location. Packed with historical data, trivia, photographs, and baseball lore, entries include the birthplaces of baseball legends, ballparks, museums and halls of fame, final resting places, and many locations that are no longer standing. From out-of-the-way spots to the most popular stadiums in the U.S. and Canada, no site is too small or insignificant to be included in this comprehensive guide.

The third edition of Roadside Baseball includes hundreds of newly discovered landmarks, including the former locations of stadiums that have been torn down since the last edition of the book (Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium, Tiger Stadium, etc.), information on the Negro Leagues Baseball Marker project which has placed headstones around the country to honor forgotten African American ballplayers, new exhibits at existing MLB parks, and suggested daytrip itineraries located near your favorite stadiums.

Other new entries include the actual diamond used for the classic film, The Sandlot; the exact location where Mickey Mantle’s legendary 565-foot blast landed; the baseball field in Orange County, California, where many believe Babe Ruth hit the longest home run of his career against the great Walter Johnson (along with extremely rare photos of Ruth both batting and pitching during that very game); the newly marked location in Kekionga, Indiana where the first major league game was played in 1871; all 29 markers along the new “Hot Springs Baseball Trail” celebrating baseball history in Arkansas; and Heckscher Fields in Central Park, New York, where Larry David’s softball team played in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Entries from the previous edition include the Buckminster Hotel in Boston, where the Black Sox planned their fix of the 1919 World Series; the original Little League field and museum in Williamsport, Pennsylvania; the birthplace of Jackie Robinson; the place where Mickey Mantle was discovered by a scout from the New York Yankees; and the site of the original Wrigley Field, erected in Los Angeles in 1925.

The third edition of Roadside Baseball is the most comprehensive book ever written on the locations of baseball landmarks, and the perfect gift for baseball fans of all ages!

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Author Information

Chris Epting

The author of 30 travel and history books, including James Dean Died HereLed Zeppelin Crashed HereHello It’s Me, and many others, he is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles TimesWestways and Travel + Lesiure magazine. In addition, Epting is a veteran music journalist and recently co-wrote Def Leppard’s Phil Collins memoir, Adrenalized, and the John Oates memoir Change of Seasons. He is the creator and one of the hosts of the new docu-drama series on the REELZ Channel, “It Happened Here.” Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and their two children.

Reviews

Voted One of the Best Travel Books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times

“What a wonderful book. All the ‘stations of the cross’ of our national pastime are here, big and small, telling and frivolous. I can imagine this book in the glove compartment of every true fan’s car, a handy reference to this beloved game no matter where in the country you are.”
Ken Burns, filmmaker and baseball historian

“This one-of-a-kind road atlas takes baseball fans across the United States to out-of-the-way spots and near-forgotten sandlots, where the remnants of baseball history still endure: where a plaque marks the spot of Babe Ruth’s first professional home run, where the lights that once illuminated Ebbets Field now shine on Downing Stadium, where the crumbling bleachers of Cleveland’s old League Park still stand as a Greek ruins of baseball.”
The Sporting News

“It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves baseball and travel.”
Chicago Tribune

“For the fan, this is the ultimate road trip. Chris Epting is the perfect traveling secretary to lead you to all these great baseball stops.”
Joe Garagiola, announcer and former major-league baseball player

“If it doesn’t make baseball fans feels as if they’ve died and gone to heaven, it’ll at least get them to Dyersville, Iowa’s Field of Dreams, where the set for the movie of the same name attracts thousands.”
     —USA Today

“As the ‘Spaceman’ I came from Stengel Field in Glendale, Calif., and ended up in the friendly confines of Fenway Park. In between and beyond, I have stood on the same sacred ground of Holman Stadium where Don Newcomb and Roy Campanella played. I have touched the monument of Mickey Cochrane in Bridgewater, Mass. Roadside Baseball is the GPS that takes us to all this and more. You must have it in your glove compartment when you hit the road!”
Bill “Spaceman” Lee, author and former major-league baseball player

“Reading Roadside Baseball is like spending an afternoon rummaging around in baseball’s attic.”
Jim Bouton, author and former major-league baseball player

“Los Angeles-based writer Chris Epting has delivered a stand-up triple (baseball’s most exciting play) in Roadside Baseball….He doesn’t miss a beat in the 336-page atlas, loaded with pictures.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“A new and updated edition of Roadside Baseball is out for all those who want to turn their love of the game into a road trip. The $16.95 paperback from Santa Monica Press is organized by state so you can easily find the landmarks and trivia closest to home or your favorite teams by region.”
Associated Press