From Out of Left Field

You find wisdom in unexpected places, as in this provocative quote from Davy Jones, not the former Monkee but a WW I-era outfielder for the Detroit Tigers:

By the turn of the century, you know, we didn’t have the mass communication and mass transportation that exist nowadays.  We didn’t have as much schooling, either. As a result, people were more unique then, more unusual, more different from each other. Now people are all, more or less, alike, company men, security minded, conformity — that sort of stuff.  In everything, not just baseball.

From The Glory of Their Time: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence Ritter


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