March 23rd, 2010
by Byron Bennett

The past is all around. You just have to know where to look.”  Byron Bennett

A Journey to the Past – League Park’s Dugout Steps

I started deadballbaseball.com in early March 2010, about a year and a half before the publication of my book Deadball, a Metaphysical Baseball Novel. The website was meant to be a “travel log” for the fictional ballplayer Byron Bennett, the protagonist in Deadballchronicling his journey to the lost ballparks of baseball. You will notice that Byron Bennett is credited as the author of each blog posted on the website. In actuality, it is me.

As part of the research process for writing the novel, I visited every lost ballpark site mentioned in the book to insure the accuracy of what was described. During the five years that it took to write Deadball, I accumulated a significant amount of research and photographs and I thought that readers of the book might enjoy learning more about the sites I had visited and seeing some of the pictures I had taken. Since publication of Deadball in November 2011, deadballbaseball.com has grown to cover not only the lost ballpark sites that Byron “visited” within the pages of Deadball, but many other lost ballparks and historical baseball sites that I have visited during my years of collecting ballparks. I hope you enjoy the journey as well.

David B. Stinson, Author of Deadball, A Metaphysical Baseball Novel

About the photographs on deadballbaseball.com:  Unless otherwise noted, all photographs on this site are copyright 2000-2019 David B. Stinson.  They may not be transmitted, reproduced, or reprinted for profit or monetary gain without the express written consent of the copyright holder. If your intent is simply to share them via the internet for informational or educational purposes, or because you love the game of baseball and want to simply share the photo with a friend, that is fine as long as you credit the copyright holder “David B. Stinson.” If you are interested in using one of these photographs in any other manner, post a comment on the blog indicating which photo you would like to use and what you want to use it for and I’ll let you know by posting a reply comment whether you can use the photo.

The written content of this site is copyright 2010-2019 David B. Stinson.

Comments (14)

  • Avatar S. Curve says:

    I get it. You can feel the energy of the great old parks and of the players who made history in them when you explore their sites – vanished but not gone. My first view of a ML field was on a cub scout trip to Cleveland in 1957, and I can still see it suddenly huge, brilliant, and green as I came out of Municipal’s dark ramp. I can still feel the great open space and air of Forbes Field when I am in Pittsburgh; and my mind’s eye still follows a line drive hit so hard there by a young Willie Stargell that it seemed not to rise at all and was out past the right-center 375 marker before the pitcher could turn to look. Good luck, Byron!

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Thanks S. Curve. Cleveland 1957, huh? So you’ve been to the lost ballpark in Pittsburgh. Ever make it to any other lost ballparks? BB

  • Avatar S. Curve says:

    A friend showed me where Union Park in Baltimore used to be. There’s mostly row houses there now. I attended games in some great old parks that are closed or torn down now. My favorite was old County Stadium in Milwaukee, but Tiger Stadium was great too. They both felt at once open but close to the play, the way Pittsburgh’s PNC Park feels to me now.

  • Avatar J. Papelbon says:

    Great web site Byron. Thanks for documenting these great old sites. I have a hunch you may be a collector of memorabilia. If so, you should consider showing photos of your memorabilia from some of the old parks. I’m looking forward to reading about your future endeavors. Regards, J. Papelbon.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Thanks J.

    I’ll see what memorabilia I can dust off and post sometime down the road.

  • Avatar James Stinson says:

    Great Job Byron. Your site is full of wonderful photographs aplenty and warm nostalgia for our National Pastime. Keep those portals coming.

  • Avatar Drew says:

    Loved it.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Thanks Drew. I have several more ballpark trips about to be posted. So please check back.

  • Avatar Suzie says:

    Great site!

  • Avatar Maggie Brewer says:

    My name is Maggie Brewer from the Georgia a Society in Savannah, GA. I would love to use several images from your “Fulton County Stadium Makes A Great Parking Lot” post for our Today in Georgia History Project.

    Please contact me using the e-mail address I have provided so we can discuss licensing and use for these images. This is a great site and thanks so much!

  • Avatar Missouri Baseball says:

    Cool site — love old stadiums — but have to point out that Kansas City Municipal Stadium was not in Kansas, it was in Missouri. Most of the major architectural, cultural and sports landmarks are in Kansas City, Missouri. One notable exception is the Sporting Kansas City soccer team, which is in Kansas City, Kansas.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Hello Kworley

    Thanks for catching that wayward reference to Kansas. And thank you for checking out my website.

  • Avatar Laura L says:

    Great site! I would like to include your photo titled “Aerial View of Ponce de Leon Park” in a video I’m making. If you can email me, I will share details. Thank you!

  • Avatar Paul Boyd says:

    Many of these old ballfields are also old Negro league stadiums. William J Plott just came out with a great book on the Negro Southern League. It is an incredible history source and is not boring and stale like many history books. The name of the book is: “The Negro Southern League: A Baseball History, 1920-1951.”

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