Chris Epting’s Roadside Baseball: The Locations of America’s Baseball Landmarks returns in a newly updated third volume with a foreward from Joe Buck. This new edition includes more than 500 important events in baseball history with descriptions of these events and locations. For baseball fans this new volume will include a variety of great new information and details that will make for perfect future baseball themed trips.It has been ten years since the release of the second volume of Roadside Baseball and this new version shares not just information about American baseball, but also baseball throughout the world. Beyond that the new additions include former locations of stadiums that have been torn down in the ten years since the previous volume, information about the Negro Leagues Baseball Marker project, new exhibits at existing MLB parks, new tips known as Game Day/Day Trip sidebars for how to experiences a fun day trip in connection to Major League Games, new locations connected to baseball movies, and many uncovered sites connected to heroes of baseball. The element that intrigued me the most was the Negro Leagues Baseball Marker project which has gone throughout America and provided grave markers to former Negro League players, managers, and owners.
Roadside Baseball is broken down into five primary parts focused on geographical boundaries. The four sections focused on North America are “The East,” “The South,” “The Midwest,” and “The West.” The fifth section, titled “Outside the Lines” looks at a variety of countries that have their own baseball landmarks. As someone who grew up in a family that loves baseball I was pleasantly surprised by some of the landmarks that I found. There are a variety of museums including the Ty Cobb Museum in Georgia, the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum in Alabama, and the Baseball Heritage Museum in Ohio as well as a number of historical markers you can check out. One of these includes the Dom DiMaggio Restaurant Marker in San Francisco. You can also visit sites that once belonged to famous ballplayers, including the location of where Roy Campanella’s Liquor Store used to be. For baseball lovers everywhere Roadside Baseball provides such a plethora of sites as well as activities that anyone can enjoy. Epting gives readers the perfect way to build a baseball themed trip throughout not only North America, but even into other countries in the world. You can indulge in some baseball themed travels this summer with Roadside Baseball today.