Category Archives: Stadiums

Great Stadiums (7): Turner Field (R.I.P.)

Reported November 11, 2013: The Atlanta Braves will leave Turner Field after 2016 for a new stadium in nearby Cobb County. Turner Field is what’s left of the 1996 Summer Olympics Stadium, modified for baseball. Its shelf life of barely … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (6): Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium at 40

It is now the sixth-oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and will forever be one of the most graceful. I (Evander) have long had a rational fondness for Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. In recent times upgraded with all … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (5): Houston, We Have a Problem

The NRG Astrodome, once The Eighth Wonder Of The World in Houston, may (or may not) succumb to the wreckers’ ball, as Ebbets Field did, as the Polo Grounds did, as countless great ballparks have, unless a lot of people … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (4): Dodger Stadium, the Taj O’Malley

I (Evander) thought it only fitting, as the Los Angeles Dodgers run away with the 2013 N.L. West crown, to talk a little in this series about the Major League Baseball stadium that set the standard. The third-oldest big-league field … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (3): The Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

This is the third in a long-promised (by Evander) series on the best of the best among Major League stadiums. For a virtual-panoramic tour of the Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, click here. They don’t call the … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums (cont’d)

Dharamshala this ain’t. (That blog was posted not only on Shakespeare’s birth and death day, it was posted on the 90th anniversary of the opening of Yankee Stadium.) But the original Yankee Stadium was (James Hilton’s) Shangri-La to baseball-crazed fans … Continue reading

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Great Stadiums

We at Right Off the Bat have a fondness for stadiums: those temples to the arts of cricket and baseball. For all their inherent grandeur, however, they often find themselves placed in some less than beautiful surroundings—yes, we’re talking about … Continue reading

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A Half-century Later: Mickey Mantle Blast

May 22, 1963, Yankee Stadium (the original of course), Mickey Mantle almost bombs a home run clear out of the park. In subsequent interviews, Mantle considered this the hardest ball he ever hit (though he said the same about one … Continue reading

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