After a little over a quarter of a century, Philly has finally won the World Series! I know a whole lot of baseball fanatics who were waiting with bated breath to see if Philly would beat Tampa Bay. The excitement that erupted in that stadium shows just how intense the fans can get. The spirit of America almost becomes palpable & visible to the naked eye. Major sports events like this gives Americans a sense of commonality. Here’s an excerpt from an interesting article on World Series programs:
“From the patriotic themes of the covers and advertisements during World War II to a celebration of the space age in the 1960s, to the illustration of a baseball cap over a player’s heart in October 2001, they offer not only a connection to the game’s history but a cultural narrative of the world around it.
“I love how the World Series programs reflect history or the time,” says Tim Wiles, director of research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.”(End of Excerpt) Read the whole article here:
The video I included in this post is about an exhibit called “Baseball As America“. It shows baseball memorabilia & talks about how integral baseball has been to the progress of America. Here’s a nice quote that I took from their website which sums it all up:
“I think there are only three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. They’re the three most beautifully designed things this culture has ever produced.
— Gerald Early, Scholar (End of Quote taken from: