"Occupying a unique place in our national heritage, this most American of sports speaks as few other human activities can to our country's sense of itself. It is a game of manifold delights, many of which have been detailed by chroniclers both attentive and inspired; few, however, have pondered its meanings and metaphors, its ethics and aesthetics. The game is as instructive, as beautiful, as profound as the most significant aspects of American culture... Anyone who does not understand the game cannot hope to understand the country."

--from Baseball and the American Dream by George Grella
Massachusetts Review, 16 (Summer 1975), 550-567.

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