Ballpark: Baseball in the American City








A book signing of “Ballpark: Baseball in the American City” follows the talk

on the history of the game told through the lens of architecture


Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and author Paul Goldberger and The New Yorker writer and baseball aficionado Ken Auletta will discuss Goldberger’s new book on Friday, July 5, 6pm, at the Parrish Art Museum. Ballpark: Baseball in the American City is a rich account of the history of the American pastime told through the stories of its vibrant, ever-changing ballparks. Following the talk moderated by Museum Director Terrie Sultan, Goldberger will sign copies of the book, which is available for purchase at the Parrish gift shop.

“I can’t think of a more fascinating way to look at the history of this quintessential American sport than through architecture–and Paul Goldberger is certainly the perfect storyteller for this,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

In Ballpark, Goldberger tells the history of the game through the architecture of the stadiums, detailing how they have shaped and reflected broader trends in urban areas throughout the country. From the earliest parks of the mid-1800s, such as Union Grounds in Brooklyn, to modern stadiums, Goldberger illuminates the bond between the American city and the all-American game of baseball. Ballpark reveals the connection between changing locations and architecture of baseball stadiums and a changing society – from the bleachers for the riffraff and grandstands for the middle-class in early structures, to the “concrete donuts” of the 1950s and ’60s, to more recent ballparks that signal innovation in stadium design and as well as the changes in baseball’s role in urban development.


Paul Goldberger. Photo: Michael Lionstar


Paul Goldberger, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and writer for Architectural Digest, wrote on the topic of architecture for decades at The New York Times, and from 1997-2011 at The New Yorker. In addition to Ballpark, Goldberger is the author of Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons, and UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, among others.

Ken Auletta began writing for The New Yorker in 1977 and has been the “Annals of Communication” columnist since 1992. He is the author of 12 books, including three national bestsellers. Previously, Auletta was the chief political correspondent for the New York Post, a staff writer and weekly columnist for the Village Voice, and a contributing editor at New York Magazine. Since the 1980s, Auletta has played for the Writers in the Hamptons Writers and Artists baseball game.


Talk & Book Signing

Paul Goldberger and Ken Auletta on Ballpark: Baseball in the American City

Followed by book signing

Friday, July 5, 6:00pm

$12 | Free for Members, Children, and Students

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America.

Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.  


Paul Goldberger. Photo: Michael Lionstar


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum construction photos © Jeff Heatley.


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