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Veterans Stadium was the outdoor sports and concert capital of Philadelphia from 1971 until its televised demolition in 2004. At its best, \u0022The Vet\u0022 spawned two of the greatest moments in the city's sports history-Tug McGraw's 1980 strikeout of Willie Wilson to win the World Series and the Eagles thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys to clinch their first Super Bowl bid. At its worst, it saw fans pelt Santa Claus with snowballs and the opening of an in-stadium branch of Philadelphia municipal court to deal with rowdy Eagles fans. Part of a look-alike generation of all-purpose stadiums erected around the country, the Vet took on its own personality over the years. For all its deficiencies, it left fans loving it in the way they loved their own families-warts and all. Almost 100 photographs and Rich Westcott's yarns make Veterans Stadium the one book that will help Philadelphians-and Philadelphia visitors-remember thirty years of their history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781592134281
ISBN-10: 1592134289
Format: Hardback
(6452mm x 4522mm x 23mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publisher: Temple University Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Richard Westcott

Rich Westcott is a baseball writer, a historian and a veteran of more than 40 years as a working journalist. He is a leading authority on the Phillies, and for 14 years was editor and publisher of Phillies Report. He is the author of 17 books, including Philadelphia's Old Ballparks and The Phillies Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (with Frank Bilovsky), both published by Temple.

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