by Perry Michael Simon on February 22, 2011
It’s funny how things work. The other day, in a post here on Time magazine’s 100 Greatest Toys Ever list, I wrote this:
I could still kill several hours playing with Legos, building clever scale replicas of major league ballparks.
That was February 17th. On the 18th, Wired.com had a feature on a guy who did this:
It’s a scale replica of Brooklyn’s legendary Ebbets Field as it looked just before Game 3 of the 1955 World Series. Yes, there’s someone else out there like me, but he has the time, money, and ability to build a ballpark and I don’t.
His name is Dan Carpenter, it took him five months just to gather the materials, and his attention to detail is pretty good, although there are a few minor things that aren’t perfect — for example, the area behind home plate at Ebbets Field, home of the Dodgers until the end of the 1957 season, was curved, not squared off. But that’s quibbling. He did a great job, down to the ads and scoreboard on the right field wall.
And the lights work. Outstanding.
Now, if only I could get to work on a scale replica of Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia in 1970, the night it closed and the fans nearly took the place apart before the game was even over. That would be awesome.