Jim Bouton has a brand new book coming out and is crusading for a Pittsfield ballpark from 1919.
Wahconah is a Rockwellesque relic of baseball's early years. Fewer than five stadiums from that era are still standing, said Tim Wiles, the director of research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Mr. Bouton is fond of such oddities as plastic owls dangling from the rafters to ward off pigeons. From the outside, "Wahconah doesn't look like much," he acknowledged. "But the charm is on the inside, the proximity to the field, the wooden seats, the feeling that you get from stepping into the past."