Chicago--Was: Re: NBC: kerry's old bandmates on Wolf Blitzer

Joel Fritz
Mon Nov 1 11:00:17 EST 2004

Bruce Bears wrote:
> Just to Clarify for Debra... When The Red Sox won the first "World Series"
> back in 1903, the only place in the world that professional baseball existed
> was the North American Continent. The term may be archaic, but it's not due
> to any sort of American megalomania, just a good old fashioned American
> sense of marketing/hyperbole.. Of course it would be a lot of fun to watch a
> real World Series between Japan and all the North American professional
> teams and anyone else willing to participate, it would be like the IBC with
> baseball gloves, TV coverage and real sponsors....
> Bruce Bears
> PS Don't forget to vote!!!

That's not quite true.  At the turn of the 20th century there was pro
baseball in Cuba and other Latin American countries.  For some reason
relatively dark skinned Cubans were allowed to play in US MLB when it
was segregated.  The last attempt to bring  a black player to the major
leagues involved manager John McGraw of the NY Giants and a player he
claimed was Cuban.

At that time baseball was a big deal in Japan.  High school and college
baseball became a very popular there towards the end of the nineteenth
century. Pro baseball came later.

I'd like to see a real WORLD Series too.

Hear Barrelhouse Solly--that's me--on the web.

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