At the Old Ballgame: Stories From Baseball's Golden Era by Jeff Silverman

By Jeff Silverman

Prior to multimillion-dollar salaries, luxurious packing containers, and participant moves grew to become synonymous with expert activities, there existed the idea in enjoying easily "for the affection of the game." not anything captures that spirit higher than those twenty vintage items approximately America's favourite hobby.
Collected listed below are the writings of Ring Lardner, Zane gray, the Giants' immortal Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Finley Peter Dunne (who for a time used to be America's most well liked stand-up comedian after Mark Twain), Burt Standish (creator of that all-American hero, Frank Merriwell), and plenty of extra. Baseball's golden period can have lengthy due to the fact that handed, yet within the pages of on the previous Ballgame, one can sit down within the bleachers for a nickel.

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When it did, for the first time ever, a World Series—and a seventh game no less—ended with a home run. That historic blast was hit by the Pirates’ second baseman, Bill Mazeroski—who was building a Hall of Fame career but who, truth be told, was not known at the time as a power hitter—to end possibly the most thrilling World Series game ever played. It was anything but a pitchers’ duel. After multiple lead changes, comebacks, and bizarre plays, the score was tied 9–9 in the bottom of the ninth inning—as, of course, was the series (three games each) between the Pirates and the heavily favored New York Yankees.

We prayed before a radio instead of an altar, which broadcast the sounds of Game Seven of the 1955 World Series instead of hymns. We had sprinted to my home the instant the nuns released us from our eighth-grade class—sprinted as fast as we could, driven by our knowledge that, with three innings to go, the Brooklyn Dodgers were leading the New York Yankees by the perilous score of 2–0. All we and every other living Dodgers fan had known to that point were the pain and anguish of bitter disappointment.

Storytelling is at the heart of this book—stories that reveal the connections between the joys of loving baseball and the joys of a spiritual life. Seasonal ceremonies of rebirth and renewal figure largely in both realms, as do rituals, traditions, and superstitions. Sexton tells the story of a prolonged slump endured by Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges. In the midst of the slump, a priest in Brooklyn abandoned his scheduled sermon, asking his congregation instead to pray for Gil Hodges. When Hodges began to hit, the parishioners believed they were responsible.

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