Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Base Ball Fever Is Widely Spread

The base ball fever is widely spread.  A little six-year-old was sitting in repose upon the parlor steps, with a base ball in his hand, gazing intently at the moon.  "Pa," he suddenly spoke, "is there only one man in the moon?"  "That's the tradition, my son; the man in the moon is the only inhabitant of that bright world we have ever heard of."  After a moment's pause, he remarked with a sigh-"He must be lonesome, pa, and no one to play base ball with.
-The Alton Telegraph, September 27, 1867

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