Friday, March 30, 2012
America's Favorite Pastime
Opening day for 2012 is Thursday, April 5th, with seven games scheduled. Several milestones will be celebrated this year. The Boston Red Sox will be celebrating 100 years in Fenway Park on April 20th, on Friday April 6th the Baltimore Orioles will be celebrating 20 years at Camden Yards and Jackie Robinson Day will be held across the league on April 15th commemorating his start in baseball in 1947. Also, the Los Angeles Dodgers April 10th home against the Pittsburgh Pirates will be the 50th anniversary of their first game at Dodger stadium and the New York Mets and the Houston astros will also be marking their 50 years in existence. You can find game schedules for the first weekend of baseball from the MLB website.
Of course we here in Albuquerque are geared up for our local team the Albuquerque Isotopes beginning league play. They also start out on Thursday, April 5th with an away game with the Omaha Storm Chasers and the first home game will be at Isotopes Park on Friday, April 13th at 7:05 pm also against Omaha.
In the meantime here are some items to check out from the library to get you ready for opening day:
The House that Ruth Built: A New Stadium, A Yankees Championship and the Redemption of 1923 by Robert Weintraub
Stan Musial: An American Life by George Vecsey
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout
500 Ballparks: From Wooden Seats to Retro Classics by Eric Pastore
Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress by Harry Katz
But Didn't We Have Fun? : An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870 by Peter Morris
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season by Jonathan Eig
Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss
A Mile in His Shoes DVD
The Last Play At Shea DVD
The Natural DVD
Field of Dreams DVD
The Pride of the Yankees DVD
For more sports titles, please visit our Booklists for Adults & Teens LibGuide, where you'll find a "Best Sports Reads" list.