Like many baseball fans, author Josh Pahagian is drawn to ballparks that stand apart for some quirky or treasured feature that makes visiting them memorable. In visiting both major and minor league parks he has pulled together a scrapbook of sorts, with 100-plus of his favorite ballpark sights and traditions, everything from the old-fashioned, centerfield scoreboard at Chicago’s Wrigley Field to the red barn incorporated into the outfield fence of the Class A team in Visalia, Calf.
Here’s an excerpt from The Amazing Baseball Adventure:
“The Minnesota Twins gave Target Field a distinctly Minnesotan flair when they selected the yellow sedimentary rock known as Kasota lime to adorn their park’s home plate backstop. The Twins didn’t stop there, though, as the slabs of the pretty yellow rock cover pretty much every other open space at Target Field too. More artsy than concrete but less prim-and-proper than red brick, the limestone complements the park’s green stadium seats and green lawn just perfectly.”