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To Every Thing a Season by Bruce Kuklick
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To Every Thing a Season (edition 1993)

by Bruce Kuklick

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Shibe Park was demolished in 1976, and today its site is surrounded by the devastation of North Philadelphia. Kuklick, however, vividly evokes the feelings people had about the home of the Philadelphia Athletics and later the Phillies.
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Title:To Every Thing a Season
Authors:Bruce Kuklick
Info:Princeton University Press (1993), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:@home, nonfiction, history, baseball, Shibe Park, Philadelphia, city, sports

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Being an urban geography of north Philadelphia as viewed through the lens of neighborhood jewel Shibe Park, built as the home of the Philadelphia Athletics, later housing other Philadelphia teams such as the Eagles and Phillies, as well as boxing matches and religious and political rallies. As unusual a marriage of topics as this is, the author also introdueces linkages still further afield, integrating the economics of a baseball team and the nature of human traits such as memory and connection to place. All of this works very well; Kuklick is a fine expository writer who also is able to evoke place and mood quite lyrically, as when he conjures up what a baseball fan might have seen, heard, and smelled at a game during the stadium's glory years. I was especially touched by the coda wherein he links the fate of the ballyard and its neighborhood with the human condition. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Nov 5, 2013 |
The history of Shibe Park later named Connie Mack Stadium and the history of the surrounding Philadelphia neighborhood. A particularly interesting book for anyone sports enthusiast born before 1960 in the Philadelphia area. I bought the book because father played football there, before the largest crowd the stadium ever held, in the city's Catholic League championship game. ( )
  brose72 | Feb 18, 2007 |
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