I'm curious as to where you got the baseball player figures. I don't remember ever having seen a set for sale by any of the manufacturers. Also, I think whenever we can add scenes depicting everyday life on our layouts, it makes our layouts more compelling. Having a baseball game going on as a train roars by is interesting.Thank you for sharing.

Moon Mullen, you are correct, the baseball players are Topps MLB Sportsclix Game Piece Baseball Figures I found on Ebay. They seem to be $1.99 each now, but when I bought them, I found someone selling dozens at a time for less than $1.00 each. I had to cut them off their bases (i.e. pedestals). Then I had to paint over some of their uniforms to make two teams, one blue and one white. For baserunners I had to paint the gloves of players diving for a ball, so that the gloves looked like hands.

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Moon Mullen, you are correct, the baseball players are Topps MLB Sportsclix Game Piece Baseball Figures I found on Ebay. They seem to be $1.99 each now, but when I bought them, I found someone selling dozens at a time for less than $1.00 each. I had to cut them off their bases (i.e. pedestals). Then I had to paint over some of their uniforms to make two teams, one blue and one white. For baserunners I had to paint the gloves of players diving for a ball, so that the gloves looked like hands.

They look awesome. I have a collection of HeroClix figures for the layout that are just a hair smaller than Woodland Scenic figures, but when grouped together or standing alone fit the part quite well. Local layout newspaper has Perry White as editor and J. Jonah Jameson as the assistant editor - high quality news.

Moon Mullen

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a great job getting the dimensions set compressed/ proportionally and the added touch of the field lighting is fantastic...  just a thought... coaches boxes would be a nice touch.  and, ok, as an ex-pitcher (little league even!), just have to nit-pick the too-small mound.

cheers...gary

Wow, very creative, full of realism and a Fantastic idea put into action of a great American Sport, yes, Apple Pie, Chevrolet, and Baseball. Our American Dream. I have visited many layouts over the years, Tower City in Cincinnati, Louis Ertz’s O Scale Layout in Memphis, the layout at the museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Chicago Lionel Model Railroaders Club, and 100’s more, what stands out in each layout is the Individuality of the Layout Builder, that one attraction that fires up Our hidden interest....,Yours, the Baseball Field.....Great Modeling, Thank You for sharing, and keep on sharing....Happy Railroading 

A few years ago I sold sets of the Sportsclix players on ebay. Typically there were 9 players of the same team with a (catcher figure included) and 1 opposing team batter. They sold like hotcakes. The detail on the pieces is astounding.

I too cut the players off their bases with my bandsaw and then re-glued them to 3/4" square clear plastic bases made from packaging material so they could stand upright.

I found that if needed (2 alike figures) I could re position the arms and or legs of the players by gently heating them with a heat gun and then holding the limbs in a new position until they cooled...~30 seconds. Then there would be no "duplicates".

Sometimes you can find a "collection" of the figures for sale and the price per player really comes down. Keep what you want and sell the rest.

Mark

This is my favorite model railroad subject.

For anyone who loves baseball and would like to have a baseball field on their layout, making one is a very manageable project. I used Woodland Scenics fine green blend for the grass on the field, glued together Popsicle Sticks and painted them (with my young children 25 years ago), and used a Woodland Scenics tan colored blend for the base paths. I also used little pieces of cardboard for the bases, pitching rubber and home plate. 

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I fully agree with Bryan in Ohio that your baseball field will be a big hit with visitors who see your layout.

Baseball player figures are available. I got nice, relatively inexpensive plastic figures at the Big E this past January.  I believe they were a Scenic Express product. 25 years ago, I got beautiful metal figures at the Choo Choo Barn when I took my family to the York train show. They cost $150 for the team of figures, but the company that made them is out of business. Maybe they can be purchased used on e-bay. I will try to track down the name of that company on Google.

What was most fun is making the baseball field reminiscent of my favorite, which is Yankee Stadium in the late 1950s and early 1960s (the Mantle, Maris, Berra and Ford era).  I made the dimensions of the playing field the same as the real one back then. The scoreboard shows the final score of Don Larsons perfect game in the 1956 Wirld Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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And then I put in the monuments in center field on the actual field of play. The same monuments that Billy Crystal mentions in his comedy skit, where as a child he thought Babe Ruth and Lou Gerig were actually buried out there. (I also thought that as a child, but never told anyone)IMG_0586[1)

You can also add your favorite billboards and light towers for night games:

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And don't forget:

Scorecards here:

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The bullpen:

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And the scalpers:

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LOL, Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Dept 56 made a few baseball stadium facade pieces (Fenway, Wrigley, Yankee Stadium) that could add some flavor to a scene as well. I had Fenway but didn't have room for both a football stadium and baseball field so I punted on the former "America's Game" and went gridiron. Fenway made its way to the garage sale table. Still, a line of people at the entrance to the ballpark with the field behind it would make a cool scene.

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MELGAR posted:

Arnold,

Your baseball stadium is great but, as a Brooklyn Dodger fan in those days, that Don Larson game score really hurts...

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Mel, you can make Ebbets Field on your layout and have a scoreboard with the same score, except it will be Dodgers 2, Yankees nothing, with Johnny Podres pitching a shut out for the Dodgers in the 7th game of the 1955 World Series! Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

I love what you did with Yankee Stadium (being a Yankee fan who grew up in Manhatten during the 50s). In my layout I just wanted to incorporate my three favorite pastimes: baseball, skiing (with a ski area on a mountain that has a ski lift and ski lodge), and a jug band (I play clawhammer banjo).  I'm not sure about what visitors think (I get very few), but I sure like creating this little world for myself and my wife (the biggest fan of my layout).

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

By the way, the company, now out of business, that made excellent metal O Scale  baseball figures is Kramer. They came in a box with a red ribbon. Arnold

Kramer did make the best baseball figures in my opinion.  Very hard to find now on the secondary market.  Although I did find the diamond in the rough last York when I came across a 4 person add on set, which had the sliding figure I was really wanting,  from Kramer.  They were in the "junk" bin under a layout and I don't think I paid more than 5 dollars for them.

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I have a set of the Kramer figures as well, but I wish the company, since it was selling the figures as a set, would have made it focused-action by design — in other words, making it look so only one play is happening at the moment. Because there is no cohesive set along that line, too many scenes look like multiple players are in the process of throwing or fielding the ball.

Nice job, everyone, on your fields. At least you made your dreams come true.

Jim R. 

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