Letter: Older ballparks are the best

It used to be great to watch a baseball game as a kid at Yankee Stadium, before the renovation when they had those old wooden seats, and at the uneven but powerful Polo Grounds, where I first viewed the New York Giants and later, my New York Mets. That was before they moved into Shea Stadium - a nice place to see ballgame. It was, at least.

There is talk of trying to rid Boston of Fenway Park. Although I'm anything but a Red Sox fan, it would be a crying shame to see the old park go. I enjoyed my experience there immensely.

I never had to see the likes of Tiger Stadium or the original Comiskey Park in person, and feel that I missed out on something baseball-wise. Wrigley Field, perhaps the real bastion of baseball stadiums, may stand as long as America exists. I was in Chicago briefly in the 1970s, some 28 years ago or thereabouts, and unfortunately the opportunity didn't present itself to go to that storied place where the Cubs play. Actually, I was too busy being "discouraged" from staying in the Windy City, somewhere, I think, on the South Side. I hope someday to journey to one of the most legendary ballparks anywhere. I'll probably stick more to the north side of town.

It's too bad there is no more Forbes Field, former home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Connie Mack Stadium, where the Philadelphia Phillies played ball. And let's salute the Brooklyn Dodgers, the bums who ran amok at Ebbets Field.

Bring back the Washington Senators! Have them play in places such as Sportsman's Park in St. Louis or Crosley Field in Cincinnati, keeping in mind the ghosts that are alive there and even in present-day Camden Yards in Baltimore, where they have the right idea, stadium-wise.

Mike Schuman

Carson City


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