Happy July 4, Baseball

Andrew Padyk:

Happy Fourth of July, nothing like celebrating the anniversary of American independence with the national pastime. Enjoy the day and here’s an blog post written by John Thorn, on the place of the game in American Society during the formative years of baseball.

Originally posted on Our Game:

Hauling Flag at Ebbets Field 1914. Is that Casey Stengel in the front, second from left?

Hauling flag at Ebbets Field 1914. Is that Casey Stengel in the front, second from left?

“Baseball is the American game,” I wrote in a 1988 book, The Game for All America. This is how I continued: “It has given our people rest and recreation, myths and memories, heroes and history and hope. It has mirrored our society, sometimes propelling it with models for democracy, community, commerce, and common humanity, sometimes lagging behind with equally instructive models of futility and resistance to change. And as our national game, baseball in no small measure defines us as Americans, connecting us with our countrymen across all barriers of generation, class, race, and creed.”

That essay was published again in 1995 as  Our Game, which supplies the title for this blog. It remains in print as an ebook; you can look it up. But as we near our great national…

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