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Joe Mock /
author and certified ballpark addict, Joe Mock has been pursuing his love
of baseball stadiums since an early age. He relates that he always made his
parents drive out of their way when on car trips so he could take photos
of the parks near their travels. As an adult, Joe drags his family along
on many "vacations" that invariable trace a path from one ballpark to another
Heading into the 2002 season, he has attended games at all 30 of the current
Major League parks, visited every spring-training stadium, and scrutinized
over 100 ballparks in the Minors. He has also visited and photographed the
sites of over three dozen now-vacated - and typically demolished - pro parks.
In 1998, Joe started the
BASEBALLPARKS.COM web site, which grew beyond his wildest dreams
- both in terms of content and the number of times it has been visited. In
addition to countless photos, this site includes rankings of parks, a message
board on ballpark-related topics, contests, numerous essays, a ballpark poll,
book reviews, feedback from visitors (including an area where they provide
the details for new ballparks that they would like to see constructed) and
a listing of the parks of all levels that Joe feels every fan should visit.
Two new projects kept Joe busy
in 2001. First, he wrote a book on the current ballparks in the Majors.
Guide features a chapter on each of the 30 parks, as well as
112 color photos of those facilities and each team's spring-training stadium.
The book also describes the setting and history of each Major League park,
the best places to sit, how to buy tickets and the other baseball-related
attractions in the area.
The other project involved the creation of an online "mall" to sell prints,
posters, photos, music and merchandise - all, naturally, about baseball.
That site is the Grand Slam
Through it all, Joe's passion remains visiting baseball parks. In a typical
year, he will attend games at about three dozen different pro ballparks.
And during every visit to a park, his ritual is the same: buy a program and
keep score; purchase a lapel pin of that team or park; take lots of digital
photos of the place; and complete the custom "BASEBALLPARKS.COM Ballpark
Report Card" on that facility. The results of that Report Card form the basis
of what Joe has to say about the park on his Web site and in his book.
Joe lives with his wife and sons in Round Rock, Texas, home of the most
successful AA Minor League team in the country in 2000 and 2001. He is a
member of SABR and the Network of Ballpark Collectors.
Adams and Margaret Engle, authors of Fodor's Baseball Vacations:
"For anyone interested in the wonderfully diverse places where our greatest
game is played, BASEBALLPARKS.COM is the essential Web site. It has become
an invaluable resource for us in our travels across America. What a thrill
it was to run into Joe Mock at Brooklyn's fabulous KeySpan Park and be able
to compare notes with a master ballpark guy."
Eric and Wendy Pastore,
webmasters of Digitalballparks.com,
on Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide book: "An inexpensive, fully intensive
guide to ballparks around the country and the cities that they're in. A must-have
for all ballpark seekers! Chocked full of glossy photos."
Santee, Senior Principal of HOK Sport, the architectural firm behind
the design of eight of the Major League parks built since 1990: "Joe Mock's
site is on my bookmarked list. We're passionate about the design of ballparks,
and it's clear from this site that many people feel the same way."
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