In the mid 19th century, composer John Philip Sousa was one of America’s biggest “base ball bugs,” as fans were then called. In his autobiography, “Marching Along,” Sousa, born in 1854, described the joy baseball (as newspapers dubbed the sport until the late 1800s) had imparted to him since way back to the Civil War. Abner Doubleday, the sport’s mythical […]
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