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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 6-17-2014

Pittsburgh Press, June 17, 1914:

Of course we have all been hep to the fact that baseball is one of the best real tonics there is—both for the player and for the spectator. Not many have bothered about why it is—they know it is, and that has been sufficient.
...
[Professor G.T.W. Patrick of the University of Iowa says] “During untold periods of the life history of our race, survival has come to him who could throw the straightest, run the swiftest, and strike the hardest…Anyone who has ever held a bat in hand, and assumed the expectant attitude of the batter, knows the peculiar thrill which is explained only by recalling that his distant ancestors in just that attitude beat down with a real club many an opposing foe, whether man or beast, and those who held clubs in this position and struck hard and quickly survived, and transmitted this instinct.”

Plus, baseball is cool.

Greasy Neale Heaton (Dan Lee) Posted: June 17, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 16 comment(s)
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