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World Series

Published: October 28, 2015

Whether a Mets fan, a Royals fan, or a disheartened Cubs fan — let’s face it. No one is completely immune to the lure of the October jamboree.

Serious Business

When the Series is on, pretty much everything stops.

<p><em>Baseball in the Boardroom</em><br />Lonie Bee<br />October 8, 1960</p>

Baseball in the Boardroom
Lonie Bee
October 8, 1960

 

World Series in TV DepartmentBenjamin Kimberly PrinsOctober 4, 1958

World Series in TV Department
Benjamin Kimberly Prins
October 4, 1958

 

America’s Fall Tonic

by Bozeman Bulger

The Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1931—This October tonic, sipped for a week or 10 days, helps to locate old friends and create new ones, loosens the vocal cords, and causes excessive though pleasant loss of sleep.

The greater the business depression, the better this tonic seems to taste. Your American sports lover, or just plain American, may tighten up on some expenditures, but when it comes to settling his baseball championship and seeing it well done, he simply cuts the strap on his bank roll and lets go. Even those who cannot attend to the matter in person suffer bites from the germ. They huddle around radio sets, telegraph offices, and bulletin boards.

In the World War, soldiers in far-off France were able to forgo immediate interest in battles while taking a sip of the Series by telegraph and airplane bulletins. High-ranking generals who provided this tonic are said to have enjoyed a liberal sip themselves.

What Matters

Family’s important, and romance is great—but right now there’s a game on.

Baseball in the HospitalAmos SewellApril 29, 1961

Baseball in the Hospital
Amos Sewell
April 29, 1961

 

Linemen Listen to World SeriesStevan DohanosOctober 4, 1952

Linemen Listen to World Series
Stevan Dohanos
October 4, 1952

 

World Series Poison

by Stanley Frank

The Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1942—Considering the caliber of players involved, the World Series has produced a great deal of shockingly bad baseball. Ridiculous boners are committed in World Series competition for a thoroughly understandable reason. The players are under enormous pressure. The greatest stars blow apart at the seams. There is something terrifying in the realization that every move is a focal point for second guessing, that every gesture is under critical scrutiny. How severe is this pressure?

“Greater than the fan will ever know or a ballplayer will ever admit,” the Yankees’ [manager] Joe McCarthy declares. “Every man responds differently to the World Series and there’s no way of telling in advance how he will react. He doesn’t know, himself. It’s like being held up by a guy with a gun for the first time. No man knows what he’ll do until he goes through the experience.

“The simple truth is that no ballplayer takes the World Series in stride. You hear — I’ve told it to teams myself — that the World Series is just another ball game. That’s nonsense. There is nothing in baseball to compare with the tension of the World Series and nothing can prepare a man for it. Some stars curl up under the pressure and others are stimulated.”

Precarious Perch

What risks will a young boy take to get a good view of the game?

Baseball FansEugene IverdOctober 1, 1927

Baseball Fans
Eugene Iverd
October 1, 1927

 

Catch and Release

For a few years during WWII, civic duty trumped self-interest. Fans lucky enough to catch a ball were encouraged to throw it back, so it could be given to those in the armed services.

Grandma Catches Fly-ballRichard SargentApril 23, 1960

Grandma Catches Fly-ball
Richard Sargent
April 23, 1960

 

Field of Vision

Sometimes it’s worth fighting for a reasonable line of sight.

Boys Peering Through Fence at Baseball GameWorth BrehmJune 6, 1908

Boys Peering Through Fence at Baseball Game
Worth Brehm
June 6, 1908

 

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