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June 04, 2009


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Awesome post. Thanks. I'm really enjoying these.

I was one of those kids who put baseball cards in the spokes of my bike and rode around the neighborhood making that cool "vrrrrrrrrrrrr" sound, all while chewing the gum that came in the pack (which was really pink cardboard with sugar on it). I think a pack of six cards was 29 cents.

We also used to play a card game with them - a kind of baseball version of War - in which each position had a value. Everyone would flip over a card, and the person with the highest position got to keep that pile of cards. Pitchers were highest, I remember, and I think batboys were wild, but I can't recall how the other positions stacked up. What was great was when you got a player from the local team -- in my case, the Orioles. I got a Frank Robinson card that way.

Thank you for this fantastic -- not to say invaluable -- post. I loved the cogent exposition of the bubble-card bubble and the excursus on literary value. It's wonderful to be reminded of the permanent value of "The Rape of the Lock."

For its founding year, Major League Baseball (the current official organization) uses 1869—the year in which the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was established—and held official celebrations for its 100th anniversary in 1969 and its 125th anniversary in 1994, both of which were commemorated with league-wide shoulder patches.

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