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New York Notes: Baseball’s Edifice Complex
Major league baseball in the USA has been on a binge of new stadium construction. Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards started the craze in 1992 with a deservedly hailed ‘retro’ park that combined the intimacy and sightlines of a baseball-only ballpark with the modern amenities of wide concourses and copious concessions. Since the triumph of Camden Yards 17 of the 30 major league teams have built new stadiums. Or I should say had built for them with the generous assistance of local and state governments who have given team owners enormous tax breaks and also provided public funds for new highways and access roads.
Like most liberal Americans, I have awakened every morning since Election Day rubbing my eyes with disbelief about the outcome. Yet the more I hear the phrase “President- elect Barack Obama” the more I get used to it, and somewhere in the great beyond Wesley Branch Rickey and Jack Roosevelt Robinson are also smiling at the news of Obama’s winning the Presidency of the United States.
“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules and realities of the game—and do it by watching first some high school or small-town teams.”
—Jacques Barzun read more —>