Thursday, June 28, 2018

Quote of the Day (Donald Hall, on Why Fans Love Baseball)

“For most baseball fans, maybe oldest is always best. We love baseball because it seizes and retains the past, like the snowy village inside a glass paperweight.”—U.S. poet-essayist Donald Hall (1928-2018), Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport (Mostly Baseball) (1985)

Hall, the onetime poet laureate of the U.S. who died earlier this week, was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox. Longtime readers of this blog know that I am not a fan of that team. 

Still, when it comes to a game that “seizes and retains the past,” few figures are so emblematic of baseball at its best than Bosox legend Ted Williams, pictured here. Moreover, in addition to being a hitter virtually without a peer, before or since, Williams was an American hero who flew 39 combat missions as a Marine fighter pilot in the Korean War. Between that conflict and World War II, he would sacrifice nearly four seasons at the height of his career to serve his country.

Williams and Hall are well worth celebrating and remembering this week.

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