Baseball – 1985 – WTBS Special – Actor Kirk Douglas Expounds On What Is Baseball In America

This video reminds us here at ImaSportsphile of the stories that Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, has told on many occasions…..and it goes kinda like this….as BD grew up out in West Texas in a town called Midland in a time where by his words “Baseball was King”….yeah, Friday night football was mighty popular and a close 2nd to baseball….but especially with the boys in Midland, Texas….why BD tells a story about the “the tag-up sandlot games” that would take place at the backstop at Sam Houston Elementary School on Louisiana Street in Midland every school day about an hour before school start….for apparently there would be dozens of 5th and 6th grade boys who would be there to play….as a game of tag up would start every morning about 6:30 am….where as soon at there were enough “first come first served” positions filled to start a game (usually 8 with 5 out in the field and 3 batters)….that is when the 1st pitch would be thrown.  Furthermore, once all 9 field positions were filled and the 9 batting positions were filled…..that’s when the “subs” would line up based on who tagged up 1st, 2nd and so on….and they would substitute for the batter who struck out and/or the fielder who made an error…..as the game would proceed in a rotation manner. 

Anyway, baseball has been at the heart of American culture for nearly a century and a quarter (125 yrs)….and that is what Kirk Douglas expounds on in this video herewith.  

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