Just as Veterans and African-American histories are important subjects, so is Sports History; all are a part of Americana. In his book of the early days of baseball, The Glory of Their Times, Lawrence S. Ritter quotes the notable French-born Columbia University philosopher Jacques Barzun, “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball…”
Those who follow baseball, who play the game, who watch the game, and share a passion for the game, understand baseball’s influence on family, friendships, and community. Baseball’s sway on the shaping of our cities, states, and nation, particularly throughout the twentieth century, has not been lost.
But it could be.
Members of Society for Baseball Research (SABR) especially recognize and appreciate the historical importance that can be found in the studying of baseball and then writing about it.
It can be a delightful story. Baseball offers opportunities to understand our very nature in a unique way.
More importantly, people are willing to tell their stories, and they tell them with an openness and honesty that is hard to find in today’s world.
At the very core of stories is the pride of those who played it and those who have watched it from its infancy to its current influence on those who love everything ‘baseball’.
The reason that I have a passion about this worthy subject: I have a sense of pride in baseball’s historical value. I love to read, and have envied those who have written about the subject I love. Baseball writers are unique; they understand human nature and how it relates to the national pastime.
My knowledge of baseball, particularly Nashville’s baseball history, has helped me in earning trust from subjects about whom I wish to write. Relationships are the foundations necessary in making any writing attempts a success.
Relationships are a by-product, too. People find a common bond by studying baseball, and the relationships earned create new bonds and friendships that help to keep the stories alive.
I encourage everyone to read, to study, to learn, to write; search for important subjects (they are countless) and find one of special interest, learn as much about it as possible, then put thoughts into the written word.
If the subject is “baseball’, then more power to you. One will never run out of material.
Along the way relationships are developed that one never knew were out there; they will become relationships that can be counted on for almost any help that is needed in the future.
As a bonus, there is no more pleasure than seeing one’s work published, whether in a newsletter, a blog, or a book.
We must share what we learn – write away! Otherwise, we may lose our baseball, family, and community stories, our very foundations of “everything good”!
Reference: Ritter, Lawrence S. The Glory of Their Times. New York; MacMillan & Company.