Once upon a time, referring to baseball as mentioning America, or at least American sports. But this subject has gradually lost that image, although still popular.
So far, Marilyn Monroe is still a symbol of beauty and charm in the United States. Whoever conquered the heart of Monroe? A baseball player.
The US sports market is huge and each sport has its own appeal, a unique golden age. Baseball was the same way, in the early twentieth century.
The Guardian newspaper (UK) last week revisited the history of baseball, and found that in the period just turned to the twentieth century, baseball was famous enough to be considered as the main sport of Americans. These players play this game, so almost “famous as the way an athlete simply could not be more famous”.
In the 1920s, baseball fans could swim for hundreds of miles just to see a flesh-and-blood Babe Ruth. The New York Daily News hired a journalist just to write about … Ruth, and only Ruth, for 365 days a year.
The stars of this baton and running club, for example, Ruth, became an idol not only as an athlete, but almost “canonized”. And the World Series is even more so than the football World Cup. It is a congress.
If today’s football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo were to be paired with a great beauty, in the old days, Joe DiMaggio’s marriage to Marilyn Monroe was a testament to the position of baseball stars.
Sadly, baseball, after influencing factors throughout history, has declined in the image and is no longer occupying a unique position in American sports. Even if this year’s World Series kicked off with the participation of some of the most prestigious teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, it couldn’t change the fact that rugby – the NFL, was the traditional subject. valid for more than 10 years.
A little bit of statistics can bring more or less optimism to baseball fans, as the tournament is still quite rich. Game 7 of the World Series taking place in 2016 is estimated to have 40.05 million followers. It was the pinnacle of baseball in the last 25 years, with an audience that is 70% higher than the 2014 World Series Game 7 final. Sales of the American Professional Baseball League (MLB) in 2016 reached about 10 billion USD, which has increased continuously for 14 years.
However, compared to the Super Bowl – now an iconic show that goes beyond rugby, the baseball audience is still inferior. The Super Bowl 2016 attracted 111.3 million views when the New England Patriots battled the Atlanta Falcons. Factors that make baseball anxious and rugby confident lie in the demographics.
Baseball is thought to be pale in the eyes of young people, and without the participation of many African American communities at major tournaments. In other words, a number of immigration rules in the past have made baseball into a state of past, not diversified players, so it lost many audience members. The exact opposite of what happened with rugby or basketball today, which are sports that represent American solidarity regardless of their background.
Steven Goldman, a baseball writer and historical researcher, asserts that immigrants have changed the face of America. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that baseball has” naturalized “for previous generations, taught them a lot about American customs.” But Mr. Goldman also thinks that factor has weakened today, and That’s why even though baseball is strong, its future in America is gray …