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Opening Day Newsbeat
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Pittsburgh Press, April 12, 1916:
Well, fifteen. The 1916 Athletics would have had serious trouble fighting for the International League pennant.
Elsewhere, the Press reports that the San Antonio Bronchos have a quaint way of advertising ball games. They send an African American guy to ride around the city on a pony and announce that there’s a game, in the style of an old-timey town crier. The article uses less respectful language to describe the marketing intern, of course, as that’s how they rolled in 1916.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Opening Day in front of zero fans | MLB.com
Monday, April 04, 2016
Salem [Oregon] Daily Capital Journal, April 4, 1916:
It was opening day in the Pacific Coast League, and big crowds were the order of the day. Salt Lake expected 15,000 for its opener, Los Angeles hoped for 16,000 (double its 1915 Opening Day attendance), and Portland’s boosters were underway with their “Twenty thousand or bust” campaign for the Beavers’ home opener on April 18.
Out east, things weren’t as peachy for Buffalo’s IL club. When they showed up at the ballpark in Harrisburg for training, the playing field was under three feet of water as a result of a flood.
This week marks the start of another baseball season and, undoubtedly, the continuation of the ongoing beanball season that the Republican presidential campaign has degenerated into.
Over the years, both of these American pastimes—baseball and presidential campaigns—have been governed by quaint, but powerful “unwritten rules.” They both now find themselves under great strain. There are written regulations, too, certainly, inscribed in the form of election laws, or an actual baseball rule book. But it’s the unwritten ones that reveal the essential character of these institutions—the moral codes and social expectations by which we play our games, and choose our leaders.
Happy (Second) Opening Day!
After watching three games yesterday, it feels a little odd to be taking time off work to “observe a religious holiday and watch Opening Day games”.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Happy Mini Opening Day!
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