Baseball as a road to God : seeing beyond the game by Sexton, John Edward; Oliphant, Thomas; Schwartz, Peter J

By Sexton, John Edward; Oliphant, Thomas; Schwartz, Peter J

Utilising to the secular job of baseball a kind of inquiry frequently reserved for the learn of faith, Sexton explores universal flooring among the sport and what all of us realize as faith: sacred locations and time, religion and doubt, advantages and curses, and more.

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The millions of Americans who endured the Brooklyn Dodgers until they ran away to Los Angeles in 1958 knew all about crushing failure. Incredibly, during the nine seasons ending in 1953, leaving out the war years, the Dodgers faced the Yankees in the World Series five times and lost each time, twice in seventh games; they lost the National League pennant three times on the very last day of the season. And the way they lost pivotal World Series games went beyond bizarre to seem fated: In one case, a catcher dropped a third strike; in another, a pitcher actually lost a ground ball in the sun; and in a third, a potential winning hit was caught at literally the last instant before it hit the ground.

To him, it was an ideal way to spend an afternoon. Baseball moves beyond ordinary space and time, as the poem tells us, in its flow of feelings and images. ” And he looked to the classics of the West as well. Baseball, in its totality, is “a constructed stage beast, three folds of Dante’s rose”—suggesting the Italian poet’s visions of heaven, hell, and purgatory. ” It is a tough, demanding poem (one reason I assign it in my class). But its elements are accessible, if not familiar, to any fan who has embraced the whole show—whether in Yankee Stadium or the “friendly confines” of Chicago’s Wrigley Field or Pittsburgh’s long-gone Forbes Field or any other of baseball’s venues.

When it did, for the first time ever, a World Series—and a seventh game no less—ended with a home run. That historic blast was hit by the Pirates’ second baseman, Bill Mazeroski—who was building a Hall of Fame career but who, truth be told, was not known at the time as a power hitter—to end possibly the most thrilling World Series game ever played. It was anything but a pitchers’ duel. After multiple lead changes, comebacks, and bizarre plays, the score was tied 9–9 in the bottom of the ninth inning—as, of course, was the series (three games each) between the Pirates and the heavily favored New York Yankees.

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