“…. we enter…..the ballpark….. we ascend the ramp or go through the tunnel and enter the core of the little city, we are struck by the suddenness of the vision there presented: green expanse, complete and coherent shimmering a carefully tended garden…” — A. Bartlett Giamatti, President of Yale University and Seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball. In this study group we will follow the history of baseball through its ballparks, bred in the city, following its fans to the suburbs and building retro parks to reflect its history. Our book is Ballpark in the American City
by architectural critic Paul Goldberger (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019). Goldberger refers to the park as “rus in urbe” — Latin for country in the city. Part of the charm and endurance of baseball has been based on the ballparks in which the game is played; there is a definite bond between the American city and, what to many, is still America’s pastime. Not only a good history of ballparks but generally a good history of the game itself. We’ll visit many ballparks in our readings including Wrigley, Fenway, Ebbets Field, Comiskey Park, Yankee Stadium, and Camden Yards. See you in OLLI Park this winter. No class on 01/20/20.