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A nice little place on the North Side : Wrigley Field at one hundred
by George F. Will Details
Chronicling a century of highs and lows at Wrigley Field, George Will explores the home of the hapless Chicago Cubs in relation to his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball, and the nature of sports fandom.
Baseball Between Us: 16 Years, 32 Ballparks, 43,000 Miles: A Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship
by Michael Luery Details
Baseball Between Us is the true story of a father-son road trip to visit every Major League Baseball stadium. Author Mike Luery and his son Matt travel from California to Maine, capturing every big league stadium.This is the story of a father/son team who embrace baseball as their roadmap to figure out the lessons of life. The Luery boys are baseball buddies, but constantly get into heated arguments over music, food and bedtime. The book includes interviews with Maury Wills and Wes Parker of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Dave Stewart, of the Oakland Athletics; Bernie Williams, of the New York Yankees; and Ed Sprague Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays. Baseball Between Us goes beyond sports. It's also a travelogue filled with pictures, including a hot air balloon trip over a herd of buffalo. This is the ultimate road trip of a father and son who discover each other on a journey made possible through the magic of baseball.
Baseball road trips : the Midwest and Great Lakes
by 1967- Mullin Details
The perfect travel guide for baseball fans who want to see more of the great ballparks in America's heartland, this handy guide gives you the tips for best lodging, great restaurants, and local attractions for the Major League and minor league cities and towns that dot the Midwest. With details about every ballpark from Major League Baseball to the Frontier League, this travel companion tells you the best places to sit, the best ballpark food to eat, and the best places to go around town when you are not at the ballpark. From taking in a AAA game with the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines and visiting the Field of Dreams to knowing how to best experience Target Field in the Twin Cities, Baseball Road Trips: The Midwest and Great Lakes is all you need to plan a dream baseball road trip.
Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home
by Debbie Moose Details
Bound-for-glory recipes to please crowds, whether tailgating at the game or partying in your TV room.
Fanatic: Ten Things All Sports Fans Should Do Before They Die
by Jim Gorant Details
When Jim Gorant, a Sports Illustrated staffer and lifelong sports fan, discovered that he had never attended a single one of sports' most iconic events, he wondered, What kind of sports fan am I, anyway? And if he had to pick the top ten, what would those events be? The result was a growing obsession, first with determining the events that should make the list and then with actually attending all of them. A personal challenge quickly evolved into a yearlong journey into the heart of sports. Part adventure, part pilgrimage, Fanatic captures these ten unforgettable sports events in all their color and commotion. The perfect gift for sports enthusiasts, Fanatic is the next best thing to front row seats, and every bit as fun.
I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever
by Ben Blatt Details
Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? Most definitely
Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport
by Matthew Algeo Details
Strange as it sounds, during the 1870s and 1880s, America's most popular spectator sport wasn't baseball, boxing, or horseracing--it was competitive walking. Inside sold-out arenas, competitors walked around dirt tracks almost nonstop for six straight days (never on Sunday), risking their health and sanity to see who could walk the farthest--500 miles, then 520 miles, and 565 miles! These walking matches were as talked about as the weather, the details reported from coast to coast. This book chronicles competitive walking's peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence, and how pedestrianism marked the beginning of modern spectator sports in the United States.
Tailgate to Heaven: A British NFL Fan Tackles America
by Adam Goldstein Details
Despite a global recession, Englishman Adam Goldstein felt 2008 was the perfect time to invest in his lifelong passion. So he sold his apartment and left his job and girlfriend in London for American football. Goldstein's goal was to achieve what no other fan of American football has accomplished: to attend one live National Football League (NFL) game at every NFL stadium during the regular season, plus those played in London and Canada. He traveled more than sixty-five thousand miles to watch forty football games in eighteen weeks and to experience and understand the phenomenal appeal of that classic American pastime, the tailgate party.
The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession
by Eric Simons Details
This book presents an exploration of sports fandom that considers how it can be a fundamental aspect of an individual's identity, why people form such strong attachments to favorite teams, and what happens in the human mind and body when watching a game.
The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums
by Josh Pahigian Details
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip is a comprehensive guide to all the diverse and fascinating ballparks throughout the country by two entertaining young writers whose love for the game of baseball and the game of life overflows from each page. Josh Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell's approach to skillfully planning and fully appreciating a road-trip or a visit to a single park is funny and irreverent and loaded with information designed to make the most of the experience.
Updated 12/14/2015

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