As the dog days of summer quickly pass into the welcomed chill of autumn one thing here in the States also comes to pass...the shift from Baseball season to Football. Once known as America's "Pastime", I think most people here would certainly admit that baseball clearly has lost that title to football over the past few decades. Well it would seem that baseball has taken yet another HIT this week when it has been publicly announced Thursday, September 11th 2008 that our countries pride and joy for so many years; likely isn't even ours to begin with. As with so many things, that never really were.
"Julian Pooley, the manager of the Surrey History Centre, said Thursday he has authenticated a reference to baseball in a diary by English lawyer William Bray dating back to 1755 -- about 50 years before what was previously believed to have been the first known reference to what became the American pastime."
The entry reads:
"Easter Monday 31 March 1755
"Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale's to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8."
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The 1935 "Masonic" All-Star Game which included some stand out players of the time: Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Dazzy Vance and Waite Hoyt
more on the mysteries of baseball from an article by Randy Lavello which appeared at prisonplanet. com
"Baseball was obviously created by Freemasons, as it bears the unmistakable marks of Freemasonry. The field, from home plate to the left and right field wall forms a compass; the entire outfield wall is the semicircle which this compass draws. Upside-down, overlapping this compass, the bases form the square. Thus, the baseball field is the emblem of Freemasonry. Three strikes and three outs were assigned because three is the principle sacred number of Freemasonry. Four is a number of significance because it represents a square (the shape) and deals with the four directions, thus: four balls, four bases. Nine is sacred because it is three squared… there are nine fielding positions and nine innings. This brings us to a total of twenty-seven outs per team a game…and guess what? Twenty-seven, along with eighty-one, are the only two sacred numbers greater than ten. Though eighty-one doesn’t occur in baseball, because of the presence of two nines (fielders and innings) it’s appropriate to mention the reason eighty-one is so revered: the multiples of nine, 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81, and 90 form a mirror image between the numbers 45 and 54. Also, each one of these numbers equal nine when adding the two integers which comprise the number: 18- 1+8 = 9; 27- 2+7 =9; etc. Because of this, nine times nine was deemed a ‘high’ number. This further explains the near obsession with numbers surrounding baseball averages, home runs, ERA’s, etc. It is truly a game for numerologists.
Actor Tim Robbins gave an excellent speech to an assembly of the press after being excluded from the Baseball Hall of Fame’s ceremonies because of his stance against the War in Iraq. In this speech he stated, “And both of us (He and his wife, Susan Sarandon) last week were told that both we and the First Amendment were not welcome at the Baseball Hall of Fame… A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio, and Clear Channel (concert promoters), and Cooperstown. If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.” Though baseball, throughout it’s history has always been supportive of any endeavor the President’s undertaken, it is still particularly disturbing that they should renege on allowing Tim Robbins to speak because his views differ from ‘president’ Bush’s. If freedom is an American ideal, and baseball is as American as… well, baseball - then Major League Baseball should be supportive of the First Amendment over war fever. Or did Ari Fleischer’s, “American’s really need to watch what they say,” speech become their ideal?"