The Good Old Days


Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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  1. Avatar Guy says:

    Sometimes one gets the sense that there was a great deal more slapstick in reality in ye olde days, rather than just in their comedy.Report

    • Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

      It certainly shows that the game moved faster back then. There was a lot of commentary back in the day about how fast baseball is, and you had to stay on your toes to keep up. (This often was contrasting baseball with cricket.) People nowadays find this commentary hilarious. Yes, part of this is that things were slower back then. But baseball has gone the other direction. It moved much faster back then. There was a brief trend in the late 1850s of reporting pitch counts. These were absurdly high by modern standards: two to three times what you see today. They also reported how long the games took: about two hours. How did they manage thins? By not screwing around. The catcher threw the ball to the pitcher; the pitcher pitched it. They didn’t stand around contemplating the universe between pitches. And as we see in this excerpt, they didn’t think to wait for the umpire to say he was ready.Report

  2. Ward was, by the way John Montgomery “Monte” Ward (a distant relative of the department store’s founder), a great pitcher and fine batter, one of the founders of both the Brotherhood of Professional Baseball Players and the Players League , and one of the first celebrities in the modern sense of the word.Report