posted on Sep, 2 2004 @ 03:40 PM
American imperialism doesn't extend to politics alone. It's been alive and well in Sport for more than a century. Major League Baseball started it all
with the World Series. Professional baseball became known as the Great American Pastime at the turn of the twentieth century, but there was nothing
international about MLB until decades later. Technically, baseball wasn't even our national sport until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in
1947. Before that, the game was little more than the exclusive pastime of white people in America. Given the rising influx of Dominican, Puerto Rican,
and Japanese stars, just to name a few, MLB has made significant strides in legitimizing the name of the Fall Classic. One day, the World Series may
truly become the series of the world. And one day, Major League Baseball might be hailed as the Great International Pastime...