Preservation Round-Up: Play Ball Edition

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment
This is NOT today at Nationals Park, but it feels like it could be.

This is NOT today at Nationals Park, but it feels like it could be.

It's a chilly, misty day here in the nation's capital and there's apparently a nor'easter barreling up the East Coast, so it could hardly feel less like baseball weather - and yet, baseball season is upon us. There are a batch of Opening Day games on the schedule today - including one in Nationals Park across town. I am the literal definition of a "fair-weather fan," in that I only want to watch baseball when it's sunny and/or warm, so I am planning to trade in today's tickets for a game later in the season, but since I have baseball on the brain (well, as much as a dyed in the wool hockey fan can), today's round-up is focused on America's pastime.

I suspect that my colleagues downstairs in the Preservation magazine offices also enjoy baseball, given that they've written quite a few stories about historic stadiums and leagues over the years.  A few of their highlights:

In looking around for historic stadium stories from sources outside the office, I came across an interesting one about Birmingham, Alabama's Rickwood Field, the oldest ballpark in America where professional baseball is still played. "Wait!" I can hear you saying. "Fenway Park is the oldest!" And you're not wrong - Fenway is the oldest park still being used for a full season of games, but Rickwood Field hosts the AA Birmingham Barons annually for the Rickwood Classic. This year's game is June 11, if you want to be part of history.

On the mainstream media end of the spectrum, I came across a USA Today story from last year, "10 great places for a baseball pilgrimage" that I'm willing to bet are still great places this year, too. And the folks at have a page of full of historic baseball trivia and a great then-and-now slideshow that leads with the aforementioned Polo Grounds in New York.

And with that... PLAY BALL!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She promises to be a more committed baseball fan once hockey season is over, though she hopes that won't be until June for her Washington Capitals.


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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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One Response

  1. Kathy Kottaridis

    March 31, 2011

    Thanks for helping us “keep our eye on the ball” — rather than snow.

    Not only is Fenway Park still operating a full season, it is also one of America’s great recent preservation stories. The Boston Red Sox spent $285 million on the park incrementally over the last 10 years to preserve its history and keep it a competitive contemporary ballpark. That program will be completed this year in time to launch Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary in 2012!

    Now if we can only sweep away these last bits of snow and storms, we can get ready for opening day on 4/8! Thanks!