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By Sexton, John Edward; Oliphant, Thomas; Schwartz, Peter J

Utilising to the secular task of baseball a kind of inquiry frequently reserved for the learn of faith, Sexton explores universal flooring among the sport and what all of us realize as faith: sacred areas and time, religion and doubt, advantages and curses, and more.

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In baseball, as in religion, it is often very difficult to see through another person’s eyes. Ecstasy for some is agony for others. In the autumn of 1951 when the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit his historic three-run home run to cap one of the most unlikely comebacks ever and abruptly end the Dodgers’ season, my heart sank while those of friends all around me soared to inexpressible heights. But to be a baseball fan—even in youth—is to know that fortune can change in an instant. The next game or series or season could be the one.

It is through a collection of such experiences that I and my students have come to appreciate the jarring proposition that baseball can show us more about our world and ourselves than we might have thought. Or at the very least, it can demonstrate the benefits of living a little slower, of noticing a little more, and of embracing life’s ineffable beauties—as that impious student in Florence eventually understood. * The Knothole Gang was the mother of all pregame shows, preceding Brooklyn Dodger broadcasts in the fifties.

Once this initial success whet fans’ appetites for more, they got less: A string of stunning pennant race collapses and postseason disappointments began that year and continued for the next six seasons. Leads were lost; great hitters slumped; star pitchers faltered: In three playoff series, Toronto’s record was a dismal 5-12. It was not the Dodgers or Cubs or Red Sox, but for newly initiated Canadians, it was a test of faith. The 1992 playoffs at first seemed to be a repeat of this theme. In Game Four of the American League Championship Series, the Oakland Athletics took a two-run lead into the top of the ninth inning, with the soon-to-be-named league’s Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, Dennis Eckersley, on the mound, poised to even the series at two games apiece.

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