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The National Pastime

Baseball's long history at the center of American sports has spawned numerous myths and legends.

Published Aug 16, 2019

“Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball,” Jacques Barzun, the social commentator, wrote back in 1954. Although professional baseball has changed considerably in the 60-plus years since Barzun rhapsodized about it, the beauties of the game itself remain unchanged, and it is the timelessness of those beauties that make Barzun’s declaration timeless.

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