"Time is of the essence. The shadow moves From the plate to the box, from the box to second base, From second to the outfield, to the bleachers." – Rolfe Humphries, Polo Grounds.
Be sure and check out Historic Ballparks, Jeff Suntala’s new blog. Jeff is just getting started but you can see the potential for great things. His March 27 entry provides a “simple 3d model of the Huntington Avenue Grounds.” It shows where the shadows fell at certain times of the day.
A couple of thoughts hit me as I was browsing through Jeff’s blog. The first came when I looked at the picture of the ad-filled outfield wall at Huntington Avenue Grounds. I was reminded of how we sometimes see things differently through the lens of time. When I looked at that advertising on the wall, I thought more about the nostalgia. When I see advertising on a big league ballpark today, I think more about the negative aspects towards the magnates for the ugly form of greed.
The other thought is the observation that there are a lot of great baseball web logs that cover current aspects of the game. History blogging, however, has really lagged behind.
If you are thinking about starting a blog, but are hesitating, don't. Blogging has gotten as easy as copying and pasting your writing to your blog window, hitting preview, then publish. (I have to admit I always hold my breath when I hit publish).
Scans, imbedded video and the like are taking blogging to the next wonderful level. There is still, however, a place for text only blogs. Also, you will probably feel the need to post something at least three times a week. But if you have something interesting to say or write about, readers will keep coming back.
Anyway, welcome to the blogosphere Jeff. And come on others! Let’s see some more history-themed blogs!