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Baseball Park Essays
Baseball fans always have a lot to say about their favorite game . . . and about their favorite fields . . . or their favorite characteristics of ballparks . . . or what they would like a park to look like! Check these out, and e-mail me if you'd like to add your own thoughts on these topics! All articles and photo essays are by Webmaster Joe Mock unless otherwise noted.
Getting To All 30 by Rob Wilken
Known to his friends as Ballpark Rob, Rob Wilken flew over 50,000 miles in 2015 so he could visit all 30 MLB parks in a single season. Here is his story.
Kauffman Stadium made its second straight appearance in the Fall Classic, and Citi Field made its first.
You've Seen HOW Many Ballparks? by Kurt Smith
How many different ballparks have you seen? I bet it's not as many as globe-trotter Brian Moore! The intrepid ballpark-chronicler Kurt Smith chases Moore down to tell his story.
The Sad Demise of Wrigley’s Identity by Kurt Smith
The keen observer of all things ballpark visits Wrigley Field, and he's not pleased with the renovations happening there.
Here's our year-end summary of the biggest ballpark-related stories of 2014. A lot happened!!
Our annual "tale of the tape" compares a park that hasn't seen post-season baseball since 1985, and the other is hosting the Fall Classic for the third time in the past five years.
We were given a tour of the construction site for First Tennessee Park, where the Nashville Sounds will play next year. Check out our photo essay.
This is the article I submitted to USA Today Sports Weekly about ballpark concessions. As always happens, they chopped some portions out to make it fit in print. This puts back those omitted sections ... while letting you read this without having to buy a copy of Sports Weekly (although you really should subscribe to it!).
A photo essay containing 30 shots of Wrigley Field on the day when the Cubs celebrated the ballpark's 100th birthday.
I interviewed nationally known columnist, TV commentator and author George Will about his just-released book on Wrigley Field for an article in Sports Weekly. I could only use a few quotes from him in that article, but he had so many interesting things to say that I transcribed the conversation for your reading enjoyment.
Once again, we recap the biggest ballpark stories of the year.
Our annual "tale of the tape" on the 2013 World Series' two stadiums: Boston's historic treasure Fenway Park and Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
We were given a special tour of the Cubs' new spring training complex as it was nearing completion.
Kurt's Five Most Underrated Ballparks by Kurt Smith
Talented ballpark writer Smith describes the five big-league parks he thinks are the most underrated. Do you agree? Provide a comment under the article.
San Antonio's Alamodome had hosted Final Fours, the NFL, the NBA, major concerts and more -- but never baseball. That changed when Big League Weekend came to town in March, 2013.
Check out the 13 shots in this photo album of the Cubs' final home game at Mesa's HoHoKam Stadium.
Here's our pictorial review of what made news in 2012, including the parks where we had had to say goodbye.
Our annual "tale of the tape" on the ballparks of 2012's World Series: San Francisco's beauty by the Bay, AT&T Park, and Detroit's lovely Comerica Park.
We had special access to shoot photos of all elements of Fenway Park just so you could see how great the place looks as it celebrates its 100th birthday.
Picking a favorite ballpark by Kurt Smith
Noted ballpark author Smith relates the methodology he used to be able to provide a response when he's asked "What's your favorite ballpark?"
Here's our pictorial review of what made news in the ballpark world in 2011, including a couple of tragedies at parks
Our annual "tale of the tape" on this year's Fall Classic ballparks: Rangers Ballpark In Arlington (for the second year in a row) and Busch Stadium
I was in St. Louis to cover Game 6 of the World Series, and hours before the game, MLB postponed it ... even though the game could definitely have been played. This essay discusses why this was a mistake, and how ultimately it put the Cards in the position to win the Series
Ballpark Knowledge by Kurt Smith
Learn the story behind Kurt's decision to create Ballpark E-Guides, as he discovers that it makes a difference when you have a little ballpark knowledge
We were there in Detroit when Jim Thome smashed the 600th homer of his career, something only seven other big leaguers had accomplished
Here's our pictorial review of what made news in the ballpark world in 2010
Our annual "tale of the tape" on the year's Fall Classic ballparks: Rangers Ballpark In Arlington and AT&T Park
A first-class organization honors a first-class exec as he moves up to the Major Leagues
Here's our annual look at ballpark scenes in the news
A "tale of the tape" on new Yankee Stadium and Citizens Bank Park
The Round Rock Express honored fallen hero Mike Coolbaugh
What made news in the world of ballparks in 2008? You'll find out here!
A "tale of the tape" on Tropicana Field in St. Pete and Philly's Citizens Bank Park
Roger, who penned an article for us a couple of years ago about the overuse of the "retro" look in new ballparks, has provided a well-researched look at how the design and size of parks over the last century affect today's new baseball palaces.
We covered the game with the largest crowd ever to witness a baseball contest: 115,300. It happened at the Los Angeles Coliseum on March 29, 2008, as the Dodgers marked the 50th anniversary of their arrival in LA.
It's become an annual tradition! Here's what we thought were the biggest ballpark stories of the year, as told in pictures.
A "tale of the tape" on Boston's Fenway Park and Colorado's Coors Field
We were there as the championship of Triple-A baseball was decided at Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Check out the photo essay, which features ten shots from the event.
BASEBALLPARKS.COM was on hand as Sammy Sosa hit the 600th home run of his career, a feat only accomplished by four other players. Our photo essay shows what that evening at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was like.
Technically, this essay isn't here in BASEBALLPARKS.COM, but it is located in our sister website, Collegeballparks.com. In this article you'll experience what it's like to attend the weeklong madness in Omaha every June -- plus you'll learn valuable tips to make your own visit to the CWS more enjoyable.
Nothing in the U.S. compares to the festive, colorful Serie Del Caribe
We wouldn't let you down! Here's the 2006 edition of our Ballpark Year in Pictures.
A "tale of the tape" on Detroit's Comerica Park and St. Louis' new Busch Stadium
Another of our annual looks at the ballparks that made news.
Missouri has cornered the market on friendly game-day staffs, with the Cardinals, the Royals and the Texas League's Springfield Cardinals leading the way. See why we think the Royals are the best of all.
Here's a thorough look at the new exhibit on ballparks at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It's extremely impressive and entertaining!
Ballpark Identity Loss by Roger Weber
A thought-provoking article by a talented high-school senior. It examines whether all of the "retro" ballparks being built today are too much of a good thing.
The Ballpark Year in Pictures -- 2004
A trip through the ballpark highlights of 2004
Ballpark experience south-of-the border
Photos and a summary of my first pro-baseball game in Mexico
A "tale of the tape" on Boston's Fenway Park and St. Louis' Busch Stadium
See our new page with links to all of our in-depth ballpark reviews!
A "tale of the tape" on New York's Yankee Stadium and Miami's Pro Player Stadium
A summary of the ridiculous baseball conflict during the summer of 2002, with updates on the aftermath of the agreement
When the Astros removed any sign that their park was once named for Enron, how did it change the look of the stadium?
Consensus Ballpark Ratings by Ian Taggart
A fascinating look at how various entities rate the parks of the Major Leagues
Some of the strangest ballpark features you'll ever see
BASEBALLPARKS.COM's famous list of parks that simply every fan must visit. Complete with a top ten, a second ten, an honorable mention, and lists from our visitors
Your webmaster's biggest baseball moments
Baseball Park Trends by Kate Bongiovanni
An interesting article on the way modern-day parks are designed, by a talented journalism student
The city of Philadelphia made a real mess of picking a site for the Phillies' new stadium. Here are my thoughts on the situation
I think he wins the award for seeing the most different parks
The story of the least fun I've ever had at a baseball game. The park was to blame.
The pro ballparks with the best views
Ideas for new or remodeled baseball parks from our visitors
Individual approaches to ballpark-visiting
- Do you have rituals when visiting a ballpark?
- When do you "count" your visit to a ballpark?
- What factors do you use in "ranking" ballparks?
A remembrance of the Yankee Clipper, written on the day he died