Sport: Baseball, Midseason

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Baseball, ''National Pastime" (largest commercialized sport), passed its mid-season mark in the Big Leagues. Familiar to "fans,"* many a fact about the 1929 season has now become visible to laymen:

Lively Ball. Greatest topic of discussion in baseball this year has been the "lively" or "rabbit" official ball. Experts at playing, watching and writing about the game have become convinced it is the cause of a rise of 50 points in batting averages during recent years, the cause of multifarious homeruns, of double-figure scores.

A. G. Spalding & Bros., official ball manufacturers†...

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