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Baseball: Then and Now. Are you really the wildest fan ever? By Nathan Wolf Smith. Do you think you are the wildest fan ever? Well, take a look at this. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Baseball: Then and Now

Baseball:Then and NowAre you really the wildest fan ever?By Nathan Wolf SmithDo you think you are the wildest fan ever? Well, take a look at this.Its 1908 at the Polo Grounds. You and 5,691 other Giants fans run on the field, jubilant. Hey, the Giants just clinched the National League pennant.Fast forward 61 years, to 1969 at Shea Stadium. When you look up toward the bleachers, you see hundreds of signs, cheering on the Mets.Now make a jump of only 6 years, to 1975, in The Great American Ballpark. When you look at the jumbotron, you see signs cheering on the Reds.Now back to the present. No crazy stuff. Just fans settling in their seat for a ballgame, and the occasional sign.2So now you see the four fan eras of baseball. Running, signs, jumbotron, and settled. So, now that youve seen it all, do you still think youre the wildest fan ever?You still might think you are a wild fan. Do you run on the field after a big win? I dont think so. Do you hold up signs? Probably not. Aha! So you are not the wildest fan in history. Yes, once upon a time, it was a tradition to run on the field after big wins. The tradition died with the 1920s. And yes, people used to wave around signs like lunatics. But that lasted until 2000. And that is sixty years, not twenty. So basically, we modern fans arent as wild as we think we are. So next time you jump and down at a ballgame, remember there have been wilder actions. Much wilder actions. After big wins,it was customaryfor fans to run on the field. In fact, in 1912Smokey Joe Woodssecret weakness was was discovered: he needed to warm up before games. This was because some devout fans lost their regular seats. And losing your seat was the worst thing that could happen to you. Run on the Field!

5Rivalries were intensebetween fans, but werevirtually not existentbetween players. Here Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, possibly the two greatest rivals in baseball,shake hands. Rivalries

6The Dodgers had someof the wildestfans ever, and they even had aband! That is the biggest show of devotion ever! Period.

The Dodgers

7During the 60s, theMets were the most funteam in baseball, andusually, you could only see signs ofencouragement forthe Mets. Not the fans. But youcould certainlyhear them! The Mets

8During the 1970s,when you looked at the jumbotron, youwould see encouragement to the home team.The Jumbotron

Compared with the craziness of the past, fans of today are very laid-back.The Present

10but there arefun accessories,too!