Are people, especially children, uplifted today about the World Series, as we did as children many months ago?
Major League Baseball, like all other professional sports today, is a different animal.
Sports idols in earlier times were examples and signed autographs – not beating up their wives or fluttering aimlessly around the world of drugs.
Maybe the worst thing they did was get involved in some barroom riot.
The 2021 World Series with Houston and Atlanta started last week.
Today there are so many teams and different divisions in the national and American leagues that it is difficult to keep up with them all.
In the ’50s, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees were pretty much the cream of the crop.
Both teams in New York often competed in the World Series, and there were some legends on the field at that time.
Older people like the old days when baseball was baseball.
In sandlot baseball across America, children more often than not shared gloves, bat and balls were often taped up.
In the Majors, the players wore their own gloves and bat.
It was simply the American League and the National League.
Players did not earn millions of dollars then either, and they did their best to entice young people to do well and work hard because dreams come true.
It was the guys out on the field day after day who were examples of working hard.
Some played hard off the field, and many mothers were not so happy about that kind of continuation and example setting.
Billy Martin, a then-burning second baseman for the New York Yankees in the ’50s, was notorious for his off-field antics. He usually started a barroom fight and got his teammates with him as well.
He, Mickey Mantle, first baseman Bill “Moose” Skowron, Yogi Berra and pitcher Whitey Ford were all among the culprits.
They were often fined and scolded, but most of the time there was an attitude of “boys want to be boys”.
It was never cut or shot.
Even from time to time there would be a match on the field between the teams.
Today it is normal at a hockey game.
And, in all fairness to baseball players in major leagues, we have never seen any of them kneel during the national anthem, and are rarely, if ever, an MLB player who is against the law.
They still set examples and still have an attitude of “I get paid for something fun to do.”
Times have certainly changed.
In 1956, Yankee pitcher Don Larson left the only perfect game ever thrown in the World Series game.
It was match five in the series. The Yankees won 2-0 and won the series in seven games against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
There was no team in Houston, and the Braves were then in Milwaukee.