Posted May 31, 2013 by Michael J. Kora in Travel

Iconic U.S. Baseball Parks

Although baseball may possibly be America&rsquos favorite pastime, there&rsquos no need to have to have swung a bat in your life to recognize iconic baseball parks across the U.S. Baseball became a national sport in the 1850s but the turn of the 20th century brought construction to what several Americans deem the most important baseball stadiums in history &ndash including the Red Sox stomping grounds and the most high-priced stadium ever built: Yankee Stadium. Whether or not you opt for the peanuts or Cracker Jack, there&rsquos no doubt you will get pleasure from the game at one particular of these well-known baseball parks in America.

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois | Fans flooded by way of the gates when Wrigley Field &ndash then named Weeghman Park &ndash opened in 1914. The oldest National League baseball stadium standing, this Chicago park is also a single of the smallest. The famous red, art deco marquee outside the primary entrance of the stadium is a fan photo favourite, as are the ivy-covered outfield walls &ndash a distinguishing characteristic of Wrigley Field. Constructed using the jewel box design popularized in the early 1900s, the ballpark has served as property to the Chicago Cubs for nearly a century. The Chicago Bears played at Wrigley for virtually 50 years prior to relocating to the city&rsquos Soldier Field.

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts | Boston&rsquos Fenway Park holds several similarities to its counterpart to the West. Like Wrigley Field, Fenway Park was built in the early 1900s and is one particular of the final ballparks to operate a hand-turned scoreboard. There are no ivy-covered outfield walls at this Kenmore Square field, however. Instead, the Green Monster (a 37-foot-higher wall) looms in the left field and serves as a recognizable (and slightly peculiar) element of the Boston Red Sox home park. Fenway was just added to the National Register of Historic Areas and rightly so &ndash it is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use.

Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York | Despite the fact that New York&rsquos Yankee Stadium is young compared to the other mentioned iconic ballparks, its legacy started in 1923. Sitting across the street from the original Yankee Stadium place, this legendary ballpark offers visitors a appear at the previous, as it incorporates many structural and design components from the initial stadium as a tribute to its rich American history. MLB buffs and even the occasional baseball fan know Yankee Stadium as, &ldquoThe Residence that Ruth Built.&rdquo &ldquoSultan of Swat&rdquo Babe Ruth helped the Yankees win four of the World Series titles before retiring in 1935. These days, illustrious players like Derek Jeter and C.C. Sabathia have replaced Joe DiMaggio and other greats on the bench.

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Michael J. Kora