New York’s Great Lost Ballparks

Excelsior Editions: SUNY Pr. Oct. 2022. 310p. ISBN 9781438490229. pap. $29.95. REF
Dedicated baseball historian Carlin (Banjo: An Illustrated History) organizes his ballpark entries geographically (NYC area; Western New York State; the Northern Tier), preceded by a brief history of the sport and his guidelines for defining a “lost” ballpark (its baseball organization must be defunct and have paid its players and charged admission). For each ballpark, he lists diamond size, years of operation, costs, notable players, fun facts, and historical context as available. Most entries have illustrations. The book includes venues for Black and women’s leagues and uses now-outdated team descriptors (e.g., Colored League) for accuracy. Includes 10 maps, although ballpark locations can only be approximated.
VERDICT A fascinating niche option for New York–area libraries and baseball history fans everywhere.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing