Friday, May 31, 2019

At the park in the summer of 1977

I recently discovered Peter Elliott's terrific Park Life: The Summer of 1977 at Comiskey Park (2001), a collection of photographs that Elliott took during the "South Side Hitmen" season of '77. To someone who never made it to Comiskey (I moved to northern Illinois in 1995), these images are tremendously evocative—of the old park, yeah, but also of the era, of long afternoons of shirtless, beer-swilling fans getting rowdy next to more nattily dressed gents and women, of pennants and bench-and-concrete bleachers and inexpensive concessions. I urge you to track down a copy of this sadly out-of-print book. Here are a handful of images, in no particular order of awesomeness:


Dennis said...

In Strat-o-Matic baseball, the 1977 White Sox are one of my favorite teams to play. Great hitters up and down the lineup (Zisk, Lemon, Orta, Gamble, Garr), but not much pitching. A fun team.

Joe Bonomo said...

No argument here!

Anonymous said...

A by-gone era indeed. Great review. In this era of 'social distancing' art provides a connecting thread. Will be sure to revisit your blog. Thanks. PB