By Harold Seymour
Concentrating on the years 1903 to 1930, Dr. Seymour discusses the emergence of the 2 significant leagues and the realm sequence, the sour exchange struggles and pennant rivalries, and such mythical figures as Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
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Julius Fleischmann held stock in both Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Barney Dreyfuss, Pittsburgh owner, was another who had stock in the Phillies, and one year he shipped three players to them to help them out. New York and Boston also had financial ties with each other. Arthur Soden, Boston owner, had long held stock in the New York Giants, and after he left baseball in 1906 these holdings remained in possession of his heirs until 1928. Later, the situation was reversed. It was commonly accepted, though never proved, that when the Boston club was sold in 1919 to a New York group headed by George W.
Fewer than 14,000 cars were registered in the entire United States in 1900, a time when some ten million Americans were still pedaling bicycles. Despite opposition from various quarters, churches among them, which rated automobiles with golf as threats to the tra- 44 THE RULE OF THE TRIUMVIRS ditional Sabbath, cars increased in number inexorably year after year, until mass production of an inexpensive machine turned a flood into a torrent. The social revolution perpetrated by the automobile touched baseball as it did practically every facet of American life.
Such a continuing series of games put on day after day fed and preserved interest by dangling the fans between hope and despair as their adopted heroes (few, if any, were of local origin) battled the hated rivals. The mixture of competition and cooperation inherent in professional baseball subjects the club owners to conflicting urges: on the one hand, to strengthen their own clubs as much as they can; on the other, to keep all clubs of their league in reasonable equilibrium. 38 THE COMPONENTS OF PROFIT 39 Otherwise, games would be one-sided, the pennant race would become lopsided, and interest would fade, to the detriment of attendance.
Baseball: The Golden Age by Harold Seymour