Baseball: Blank Spots in the Bleachers

The most embarrassing thing about baseball's most storied strikeout was that Mudville's bnleachers were "black with people" the day that mighty Casey took the count. No such public ignominy awaits the contemporary Casey: in Mudville or Milwaukee, empty seats are the sign of baseball's times.

Mosquitoes & TV. Going into the season's second half, no fewer than twelve of the 20 big-league clubs were in the throes of attendance slumps. Ticket sales are 94,426 off last year's midseason mark in Milwaukee. 105,211 in Pittsburgh, 167,257 in Cleveland. Last year's box-office leaders, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers, both...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!