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Posted by dave f on Thursday, March 30th 2017:

Being born in 1948 I got to experience baseball on a more personal level than today. Most players were common people like you and I. They would interact with their fans and many lived near you. My dad would take me to see the Dodgers at Ebbets field and my grandfather would take me to Yankee Stadium to see the Yankees play. Ebbets field was a place where a fan was more in the game and the fans were always yelling and screaming. I also don't remember bullpens and relievers would warm up near 1st and 3rd base. You could go to a game or a Sunday doubleheader and come home with money left over. If you liked a player you knew that he would play his whole career with your team unless he was traded. What few people remember is that until the earl 50's that there were 16 teams and most cities had a team from each league ( New York had 3 teams ). All 16 teams were located in 10 cities, the farthest west was St Louis. Since I was only 10 years old when the Dodgers moved to L.A. I became a Yankee fan and have been ever since. I still like to see the Mets do well and consider the 1969 Mets accomplishment the most exciting turn around ever. Life was much simpler back then. I moved from Brooklyn in 1988 and have lived in Boca Raton FL ever since

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