Welcome to Lost Ballparks! We're a Southern California family who are passionate about baseball history. This site is a complete labor of love. We all, from the youngest (15) to the oldest (81), contribute in some way. My wife personally wraps each package. I call her my "CPO" - Chief Packaging Officer. She keeps asking when she's going to get paid :)
How it started
I grew up going to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland with my Dad. Those lazy, sunny afternoons spent on Lake Erie are some of my favorite childhood memories. When I lost my Dad in 2009, I became reflective and really started to think about how these old, lost ballparks keep us connected to not just baseball history, but to those we love; the ones who took us to games, bought us our first baseball cap and pack of cards.
I have always been the nostalgic type and even more than old photos or details about a particular ballpark, what I love are the stories that our followers tell. I am mesmerized by these first hand experiences, especially from those who once sat in the bleachers at Ebbets Field or the Polo Grounds, like historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who so poetically said, "Sometimes, sitting in the park with my boys, I imagine myself back at Ebbets Field, a young girl once more in the presence of my father, watching the players of my youth on the grassy fields below - Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges. There is magic in these moments, for when I open my eyes and see my sons in the place where my father once sat, I feel an invisible bond among our three generations, an anchor of loyalty and love linking my sons to the grandfather whose face they have never seen but whose person they have come to know through this most timeless of sports."
One last note, you probably can tell, I love to paint. I owe that passion to my Father-in-Law, David (that's him by the way), who taught me and encouraged me even when the results were less than impressive. Love you Dad!
I want to personally thank you for your support! My family and I are grateful!
-Mike (July, 2020)