Author Topic: Why is "The National Pastime" only the 3rd most popular sport?  (Read 1735 times)

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Offline bluestreak

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well, if you watched inning 1 of Ken Burns's Baseball, you would know that in NYC during the 1850s there were scores of teams playing "base," from different professions and different areas.  so, when you went to the Elysian Fields, you might see a team of undertakers, firefighters, barrelmakers, stevedores, lawyers, and others with gumption that round the bases with alacrity.  About the only thing someone from back then could relate to with today's players is the facial hair.  Dallas Keuchel would have been a natural for the tariff collectors.

I would not have called any of those people stars, though.