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.
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.