One of the best views in baseball sits in Salt Lake City, according to a new book.
That book, “The Amazing Baseball Adventure,” dedicated an entire chapter to Smith’s Ballpark, which hosts Utah’s minor league baseball team, the Salt Lake Bees.
The chapter, which includes a full-page color photo of the park, celebrates the views of the Wasatch Mountains from the grandstand, according to a statement from the book’s author, Josh Pahigian.
Here’s an excerpt from the Smith’s Ballpark chapter:
“For the most breathtaking mountain views in all the major or minor leagues, you must set your road-trip car’s GPS for Salt Lake City, Utah, where you find a baseball setting fit for the Gods.”
Pahigian said in the press release that Utah’s park is well worth the views alone.
“Every fan should make a point to visit this Utah ballpark,” he said in the statement. “Watching a game amidst such a glorious sight is an ethereal experience you need to experience for yourself.”
“The Amazing Baseball Adventure” shares information about 100 ballpark designs from across the country, highlighting ones that are unique and offer “extra special” views.
The book “brings to life the very best of these ballpark frills, the ones that motivate fans to return again and again to baseball cathedrals large and small,” according to the statement.
With baseball season starting, Pahigian’s book received national media attention. He shared some thoughts with USA Today about a number of baseball parks, including tidbits about sausage racers at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the Petco Park Beach in San Diego’s stadium and the disappearing lighthouse in the Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.
Pahigian also told Forbes that baseball has served as something of a “religious experience” for him.
“Whether it’s a balmy summer’s night or chilly April afternoon, there’s no place I’d rather be than sitting at a baseball park,” he told Forbes. “Since my earliest memories, the communal experience of watching a game while partaking in the local fan traditions, ballpark rituals and culinary delights has constituted a near-religious experience to me.”
But “The Amazing Baseball Adventure” isn’t the only baseball book out right now, Forbes reported.
“The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life,” from Rick Ankiel, talks about the power of baseball.
“One Nation Under Baseball: How the 1960s Collided with the National Pastime,” by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro, talks about how baseball and social American events mixed.
"Cincinnati Red and Dodger Blue: Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Rivalry," by Tom Van Riper, highlights one of the lesser known and “forgotten” rivalries in baseball.