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And more importantly, does any of this even matter?
For This Fan, Baseball's Lost Its Magic .Commentary .
?Anchorage Daily News - Aug 18, 1982
Something's Changing About Baseball; The national pastime...
New York Times - Apr 5, 1959
It doesn't make a man think to the point of pain, but the fact is that baseball is losing some of its magic.
Peter Morris recounts the protest against money and professionalism in baseball in the 1860s in his book But Didn't We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball's Pioneer Era, 1843-1870.
the old, romantic idea that baseball should be played for the love of the game; that it’s America’s pastime;
Everybody knows baseball lost its magic the year I discovered girls.
For those who also are interested about both the on-field and off the field experiences of the early days of the game economically and otherwise, I would recommend reading either of the two biographies I have seen about John Montgomery Ward
I will grant you I still find it hard to believe the owners were committed enough to stupidity to require cancellation of the series but there ya go.
I've never fully appreciated how awesome it was for Jim Bouton to publish Ball Four when I was eleven. It was as if I caught up with the adult world at the same time it caught up with itself.
You know what I’m talking about: the old, romantic idea that baseball should be played for the love of the game; that it’s America’s pastime; all of that idealistic, cheesy stuff. Call me cynical, but I just don’t see that in the game anymore. And the only way for me to not dismiss it altogether is to watch movies about baseball.
Has baseball lost its magic?
People can play for love of the game while also needing to get paid. Moss's feeling that that complexity is somehow painful suggests he has some growing up to do.
Clever Base-Ballist is the one I've read, too.
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