Sport: As Good as Anyone Ever

Reflections of twelve Hall of Famers still on temporary display

No matter how old a man happens to be, one thing is sure. The baseball players have deteriorated since his youth. Baseball is the last popular team sport played by people of normal size: every shape actually. The geometry of the game has held up for 114 years, and the rules are basically unchanged. So each generation is measured against the same rough marks on the barn. Though it seems unreasonable to hold that the spectacular athletic improvement calculable in other sports does not...

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