An exceptionally valuable contribution to the new genre of serious and adult baseball history... As for those who say how important is a ball park really, I'd say this. In a way the Coliseum was a ball park. Look at how much it tells us about Imperial Rome. -- Roger Kahn
Bruce Kuklick is Killebrew Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Winner of the 1991 SABR-MacMillan Book Award, Society for American Baseball Research Winner of the 1991 Casey Award, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine "One of the most important baseball books in recent years."--George Robinson, Washington Post "[Kuklick] shows what a ballpark can mean to a neighborhood: 'Shibe Park was a place where uncommon deeds gave people a sense of commonality. In this, its special beauty, the game at Shibe Park rose above the flaws of its businessmen, its players, and its fans.' "--Sports Illustrated "[Kuklick] writes with authority, perspective, and compassion..."--Philadelphia Inquirer