I find it hard to disagree with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci that Fenway Park is the greatest venue in all of sports. I was even lucky enough to see Billy Hatcher steal home there on August 3, 1992 – a feat no Red Sox player has pulled off since.
Nonetheless, this part of the essay left me scratching my head:
Fenway and Wrigley are the last places standing where you can watch a big league game in the same ballpark where people saw Babe Ruth play.
The first thing that jumped to my mind was Yankee Stadium; after all, it’s the House that Ruth Built, right? But Verducci passes that idea off in a parenthetical statement:
Yankee Stadium is very different in its remodeled reincarnation, and will be wiped away entirely after this season.
Whatever. But when I really got to thinking, it occurred to me: Ruth played at both Jingu Stadium in Tokyo and Koshien, and both are very much still standing.
Are we splitting hairs over what counts as “big leagues?”