Sport: Night Game

To most baseball enthusiasts a Friday game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies is about the least exciting spectacle that the major leagues can provide. Nonetheless, in Cincinnati last week 20,000 spectators—about 900% more than normal—crowded Crosley Field to examine such a contest. In the crowd were baseball dignitaries like President Ford Frick of the National League, President William Harridge of the American League. Signal for the performance to start was not the umpire's cry of "Play ball!" but another gesture, equally perfunctory but far more impressive—the pushing of a button in Washington by President Roosevelt. What made the...

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