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This is the Shea Stadium lauded as “the most beautiful ballpark ever built”. Granted, the lauding was done in December 1964 by the Building Awards Committee of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, but early returns and home-field advantage notwithstanding, who would have argued?

This is one chestnut among dozens you will inhale fromĀ Shea Stadium: Images of Baseball by Jason D. Antos, availableonline or in the gift shop of the Museum of the City of New York…which also happens to be home until December 31 toGlory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957. Both the book and the exhibition areĀ recommended heartily.

7 comments to Pristine

  • Anonymous

    Hi Greg,
    Viewing Shea wIthout the outer fencing, doesn't it give the eerie feeling that construction stopped a little past the foul poles?

  • Anonymous

    You could walk right up to the outfield walls??? And not have to taverse 2 rings of chain link fencing, a picnic area, bleachers, Longball Alley and players' Mercedeses?
    A much more innocent time, I reckon…

  • Anonymous

    Ooops, my bad. There is one ring of chain link to vault.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but otherwise George Altman's Rambler is all yours for the pilfering.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Long George carpooled with Professor Roy McMillan…

  • Anonymous

    The original plan was to close the circle and build a dome.
    The outfield fence does not appear to be the opening day version. This is probably a pre-opening day 1964 photo.

  • Anonymous

    I'm always grateful for the lack of dome. Well, OK… not always. Every once in a while, when I'm sitting there in April, so cold I can't feel my fingers (and thus struggling with my Thermos of quickly-cold coffee) and watching the snow flurries flutter past me, I inwardly whine “I want a dome!!” But I don't. Baseball was meant to be played outdoors, not in an airplane hangar.
    Shea always was and always will be a thing of beauty. I miss it already.