Behold: An Inexpensive and Engaging Use for Ballpark Village
Like the design of the new Busch Stadium, the plan harkens back to the good ol' days of baseball. Ladies and gentlemen, we submit to you the Playograph!
|A New York City crowd gathers around a Playograph in 1911.|
As the website Uni Watch revealed last week, Playographs were "gigantic animatronic scoreboards, sort of like an analog version of ESPN's gamecast feature" that were assembled across the country in the early 1900s. And, as you can see from the photo above, the Playograph's really drew a crowd. (All the better for concealing big, weedy lots in the middle of a downtown.)
|Yale Scientific Monthly, 1912|
Yes, three employees! Just think of it: a single Playograph would increase employment in Ballpark Village by 300 percent.