I am not saying everyone owned a personal computer in 1981 and I would venture to say, with ease, that most sports writers still used a typewriter in the early 80’s. That means the earliest adaptors of the personal computer have only been using it for 32 years. For some of you that may seem old, but for many of you that is nearly a speck in the entire scheme of time and of baseball. That means that writers of this historic game have been hand writing notes and articles to later type them up on a typewriter or have them go through a printing press for 106 years and only pressing the “delete” button for 32 years.
If you have stuck with me this long you may be wondering why I am writing about computers, typewriters, and handwriting on a sports blog and how it relates to baseball. This past week I had the joy of attending two baseball parks. One of which I attended during a game and the other I took a tour of – walking through the guts of Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles. They took us through the stadium, into the dugout and onto the field. Through the hallways of Camden Yards we walked; rode up a couple of elevators, and eventually made it to the press box.
I would love the opportunity to write for a major sports team, especially a professional baseball team. I would start a tradition that the first game of every year I would write my first article by hand. Take all of my notes on little pads of paper and then sit down to write the article. Eventually it would make it to the computer because that is a necessity but the core of the article would be hand written. I would also make a point of wearing a suite to that first game; really getting into the spirit of the old, classic game. Sports today still brings people together – Those Sports Guys baseball trip is a great example – but it is different today than it was 30, 40, 70, 100 years ago. The only constant is change but sometimes remembering back, before I was even born, helps me appreciate today and recognize that it’s not about who is the victor, it is about how you play the game – or in my case how you watch, enjoy and write about the game. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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