OK baseball fans, do you know your major-league ballparks?

A Yankee Stadium ground crew member walks away after painting the home plate before the Yankees' opening day game against the Boston Red Sox in New York, April 1, 2013.

In no other major pro sport do the field dimensions and personalities of stadiums vary as much as in baseball. They, in a sense, are the "10th man" on the field. Here are 30 questions to test your knowledge of the 30 big-league parks.

1. True or false? Yankee Stadium has the largest seating capacity in the major leagues?

A giant American flag is held by cadets from the US Military Academy from West Point in center field at Yankee Stadium during the national anthem before the Opening Day game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, April 1, 2013, in New York.



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