2017-02-16 / Community News

Saco author releases book about ballparks


Author Josh Pahigian and his son Spencer, a kindergartner at Saco’s Young School. (Courtesy photo) Author Josh Pahigian and his son Spencer, a kindergartner at Saco’s Young School. (Courtesy photo) As major and minor league teams prepare for spring training, University of New England instructor and Saco resident Josh Pahigian has released a new book titled “The Amazing Baseball Adventure” (Lyons Press, 2017), which can be purchased at Books A Million in South Portland or Amazon.com.

Billed as a visually stunning road-trip through pro baseball’s wacky, wondrous and revered ballpark attractions, “The Amazing Baseball Adventure” details more than 100 major and minor league ballpark features that make attending games across the country extra special for fans.

The Saco author includes two chapters dedicated to attractions at the Portland Sea Dogs’ Hadlock Field: the retractable lighthouse that rises from behind the center field fence to celebrate Sea Dogs’ home runs, and the Fenway-esque left field wall known as the “Maine Monster.”

From the rookie leagues to the Big Leagues, there are more than 250 professional baseball parks in the United States where fans partake in special game-day rituals, eat unique foods, laugh along with zany mascots, marvel at special ballpark features, and revel in a communal experience that removes them for a few hours from life’s daily grind. The book brings to life these ballpark frills, the ones that motivate fans to return again and again to baseball cathedrals large and small. Combining storytelling with sidebars and beautiful color photos, Pahigian captures the essence of each ballpark – from the Marge and Homer Simpson statues at the Albuquerque’ Isotopes Park to the Sausage Race at the Brewers’ Miller Park to the biscuits at the home park of the aptlynamed Montgomery Biscuits.

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