Born on this day was Abner Doubleday
Who invented America's pastime, some say.
Of course we're our Mom and our apple pie slice,
But to symbolize us, I think, it would suffice.*
*"Baseball? It's just a game---as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business---and sometimes even religion." Ernie Harwell
Nothing in our daily life offers more of the comfort of continuity, the generational connection of belonging to a vast and complicated American family, the powerful sense of home, the freedom from time's constraints, and the great gift of accumulated memory than does our National Pastime."