True fans of the National Pastime can’t seem to get enough of the minutia of baseball.
We relish the records (the older, better) and marvel at the heroics that have been displayed for 100-plus years at venerable cathedrals to the sport like Yankee Stadium, all the way to the most obscure minor-league diamond.
The second edition of Chris Epting’s “Roadside Baseball” is the absolute must-have travel guide for ardent baseball fans and history buffs alike.
But it’s more than just a traveling companion to ensure you don’t miss the baseball equivalent to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine.
The book grabs readers by the threadbare jerseys of their favorite team and literally drags them from special moment to special moment in obscure places. There’s DeVault Memorial Stadium in Bristol, Virginia, where a 19-year-old righthander named Ron Nicciai struck out a record 27 hitters in a nine-inning game in the Appalachian League. Or the exact spot in Atlanta in the Turner Field parking lot where Hank Aaron’s then-record 715th home run landed when he smashed it out of long gone Fulton County Stadium.
There’s even a foreward written by Joe Buck. Buck has spent his entire life around baseball – from a kid following the shadow of his father, legendary sportscaster Jack Buck, to his own illustrious career behind the microphone.
If you love traveling (especially the back roads) and don’t want to drive right by some of baseball’s best moments, you’ve got to get this book. It’s a wonderful companion on your way to Spring Training in Arizona or Florida this spring.
Roadside Baseball (second edition) is available in paperback for $12.60 at Amazon.com