What is the place of baseball in American culture on this 4th of July? – Sports Talk Florida
Baseball is no longer the king of American sports.
This is America 246e birthday and there’s a big question about America’s pastime. Why are Major League Baseball owners changing the rules? Because times have changed and the new rules are designed to make the game 21st friendliness of the century. Baseball is doing well financially, but it no longer seems like baseball is a national sport, but rather a regional sport. Once upon a time, the 4th of July was all about baseball, apple pie, swimming, and fireworks. Baseball was, Casey At The Bat, or Take Me Out to the Ballgame, as Katie Casey told her boyfriend I wanna go to the ballgame in the song. There was the Babe and the great DiMaggio who was adored in Hemingway’s classic Old Man and the Sea and Who’s on First. Joe DiMaggio would be revisited in song in the classic Mrs. Robinson by Paul Simon. Baseball players were in vaudeville, burlesque, in movies, on radio and television. In 1954, the French social commentator Jacques Barzun noted. “Anyone who wants to know the heart and mind of America should learn baseball, the rules and the realities of the game – and do so by watching high school or small town teams first.”
There was a countdown to spring training and for some Americans it was also the countdown to spring and the arrival of warm weather. There was the Fall Classic and the Hot Stove League. Opening day was an event and it was the boys of summer. Baseball was everywhere. From now on, the sports seasons clash. Opening Day takes precedence over the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, NFL Draft, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals, all competitors and NFL training camps in July . There were always horse races, summer golf tournaments and tennis, but baseball until the 1960s was always at the top, followed by boxing and horse racing. Meanwhile, Barzun dismissed baseball in 2008 for being “over-commercialized”.
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