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LURE OF THE DIAMOND
"In Baseball We Have the Only Forum Where an American
Citizen Feels Free to Take Off His Coat and Cut Loose'
WITH the exception of our
constitution; baseball is t ::•..•
one thing America retains
to-day that is unequivocally
(1 ■:. The word democracy is of
Greek derivation — Jt'mos, the people; '.■•
Tiic >:..;> -nv.-n who formulated that imperishable
('. ■:-..•■:• providing for a Government "of the
people. !>y the j»eople, and for the people."
aimed :■> exclude venality. class distinction; and
pull, ■ t evils from which our national pastime
v free. Ottering as it does a vast forum
where ihe public mingle <>n terms of absolute
v -. \~*' irrespective of race. v color, previous
] i.f servitude!'* — baseball :s also known to
be •'.. roughly straight; nd these t"'o advantages
explain the fundamental popularity of the pro
fessioi Li] game.
In ■ .-•■'•.:'.'. the .... .... ...... If
{"h-; I). Rockefeller purchased the best fifteen
pi (A both leagues and the New York IV.lo
<jr : charter, the fans would patronize that
(' ■■.' :. >re than under the present ownership!
unl<- the team played phenomenal ball. The
chan • ■-. are that such an aggregation "f stars would
io.se the pennant to a company less highly paid.
This - frequently happened. As for the billion
aire himself, he would not [are to interfere with the
consv.tutional rights of a spectator, nor employ any
part s fabulous wealth in " lixing " a game.
tith< : ''l-tisc would hopelessly condemn both him
a:ri hi ; club.
Where It Came From
IT vvi ' always l>e a mooted question whether base
fad it^ origin in the English gameof rounders
or in American town hall- During the early part of
t:.'- n -■ ■-.i\'r. century our forefathers in \ev.' Eng-
land , ; : i the Middle States played various games)
v;hii '. . ludi J pitching, catching; batting the |>all"
v:: I : : :,/ to baseJ •.■••■ the Knickerbocker
Club ■■: Sew York in IS4; was the first to establish
a • rules for an original game, never before
play< ; .. th:s ..... by the name of base-;
uali . fourteen sections of tliis code were as
vali f 1-, the development of baseball as Magna
Charta • is to t:k- progress of English civilizatwinj
II ■ ■ ;> -,:; their publication followed the organiz^
i:::; ■: ;■::.■.- clubs i:ke the Gothams, Eckfordsi
:: : Unions around Xew York, and the Green
M<»urita:ns". ' Hympics. nd Elm Trees in New Eng-;
\1: 1 jaini wus taken up with the enthusiasm
;■■ I r: ■•'.:^n: of a period that knew such men as
Dink-! ■.■,•-„•..-. Henry Clay; "Andy*; Jackson! Win
i-'-'-i > itt, Harrisf>n (the hero of Tipfjecanoe)^
Zachary Taylor COld Rough and Ready"., and
J ■ Fremont; The vigor, wholesomeness, and
freed • . of va.c. epoch may be exiled from other ■■-
: " '■" : but they still cling to baseball. Five
<■ ■■: . will silence Henry Jones's political convic
biit five million would not prevent him from
ikiijg his mind on the bleachers,
rhe financial promoters of baseball appreciate
t . tremendous feeling so accurately that they per;
r.::: the fan almost any liberty. Where else might
v ' ital stranger smash in your derby hat without
« :-; apologizing! and not ':>e arrested? Stretching
the prerogatives of freedom? Well; a ball park is
tile only spot left wherein one may vent the un
restrained, natural, boyhood spirit I .l" America. " He
d: in't mean any harm." says the policeman, and
nine times out of ten the victim will fondly cherish
the incident. In reality he was thrilled and delighted
a: the expression; however violent, of honest •-.
thusiasm on the part of an American citizen, who
i:: every day life may be taciturn, money grasping^
unpatriotic; and vicious. < M such small consequence
is .'.ass distinction or wealth in thi-> sj>ort that only
re trntly have b<>xes been installed in the grind
stur.ds of big league parks. The aristocracy must
By ALLEN SANGREE
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irti ulai playei and team When h
:■■ ■ ■ ;•■•.: i i dub, ii i km »\\ n \>\ the nai
i ill ■ . •■• fin 1 i ln- city "i Boston pat
ronizing ' American League tail endei last i*a ■■.
to the i m iei >f three 1 indred and eight \ ' i. ■ >v ;ai 1
up ' Sepi ■■ '■ •■■• i The Bean 1 itei ;id then lo>.t
• . • . ■ fames and were desi me I to 1«> •
• ire i iptain Jtnitny ( »llin was a v !■■• i. an i I •
teai [ueces; 1 nit Boston never faltered ti
:• patronage I" he comrxisite attract n ■■: i
Young, !>:••■■•:.. Parent, Hobe Fei ris, the unl n
tunate < ;elf, and <>' her favi iril es ■ ■ .
•■■■..■ • ■ iugh to out draw the Vit mv.i! Leagui
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■ -. i ■.■■•■,•:. !i >• wi »n l g line all : i ■■
1- i • noi take 1'<!1lJ to heroize a butt player.
George Stone, Hal Chase, Arthur Dcv in, M 1-r
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