Apri 30, 1953

April 30, 1953 There were a couple of Page 1 stories that were tough for anyone to flip past. An outbreak of more frequent, longer-distance home runs inspired the inevitable speculation that the baseballs themselves were enlivened – or in the colloquial term, juiced. It has always been a difficult accusation to prove. It is a handy alibi for pitchers and will draw growls from sluggers. Major League Baseball’s motivation is obvious – attendance was tumbling. In 1948, MLB’s overall attendance was 20,920,000; in 1952, the combined total for its 16 teams was 14,632,000. Of course, baseball’s ...

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