The Legendary Ballparks Story
I couldn’t see the ballparks, so I created them.
Like all children, I had a vivid imagination when growing up. I had dreams of becoming a cowboy, a soldier, a fireman, and finally a major league baseball player (yes, that’s me to the right in an Indians uniform). All this occurred during a ten-year period from 1949 to 1959 — and essentially in that order.
My first memory of attending a major league baseball game occurred in July of 1959 when I witnessed a scheduled doubleheader between the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians at the Old Cleveland Municipal Stadium(right).
The drive to the game, finding a parking space, the walk to the ballpark with my father and brothers, and finally the culmination of arriving at the site and being confronted by this large edifice is what I most remember of that day in 1959. This place where Major League Baseball was played was larger than life for this ten-year-old boy, and it still is to this day.
In late 2009, I started surfing the Internet to see what the first concrete and steel ballparks looked like that the 16 original Major League ball clubs called home. These are the ballparks that were built in a time (1895–1923) that cemented baseball as “America’s Pastime.” What I found on the Internet were some black and white photos (left), but nothing that made me feel like I did the day I attended my first Major League game (above) back in 1959.
Seeing that I am an architect and an artist and spend most of my time designing structures and showing my clients what the designs look like, I decided I would use my architectural rendering and artistic imaging skills to recreate these old classic ballparks and offer them to all baseball fans in limited edition art print form (right).
These awe-inspiring graphics, the result of countless hours of research, creativity and productivity, will allow baseball fans and the world to see what these 15 Legendary Ballparks looked like before time and circumstances took them from us.