Golden Oldies

June 25, 2013
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Every once in a while I like to play my old records that go back to the 1950’s. Oh, what a kinder, slower time those 50’s were. Baseball was played every day of the week except for Monday, and every big day–like Memorial Day–you could count on a doubleheader. Players stayed with their teams for long periods of time and the majority stayed for a whole career. Every Sunday you could find a local team playing or you could easily get up a game somewhere if you just looked for a few minutes. Kids played football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track or baseball in the spring. Now almost every sport plays 12 months a year and each sport has to fight for their time. Kids traded baseball cards not packets of drugs, and they had to watch TV if they wanted to do something electronic. You could watch college football on TV, but not for 12 consecutive hours on several outlets. A trip to Crosley Field was a family outing that didn’t require a couple of hundred dollar bills to pay for the tickets and buy some refreshments. Nobody heard of free agency and the Yankees won because they drafted well and not because they bought all the players from the Royals. Oh, for the good old days of sports! You gathered around one TV to catch a big game, not go to a sports bar and see it on a dozen or so TVs. And best of all, games did not start at 4:10 for the sake of TV.

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