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This game, played annually at the Cosmic Baseball Association, honors the growing or declining influence of fathers on their sons. When the SONS win the game, fatherhood wanes. Conversely, when the FATHERS win, fatherhood gains.

Father's Day was created to complement Mother's Day...Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. [Dodd's] father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. (Source: Wikipedia)

I remember going to see my father the first time after my mother's death...I was going to see my father alone...He was still in grief, I was still in grief, and it seemed like a mistake to have come, but because it was summer, we talked baseball and finally gingerly and on tiptoes, we talked about her death. It was nine-tenths baseball, one-tenth her, and it all began to coalesce, because talking baseball was finally a way of talking death...He [eventually] made us drinks and we watched [a baseball game] on television. (Source: "Baseball and Fathers" by William van Wert)

The plot of Malamud's The Natural has to do with the alternating black magic and white magic of women in the life of Roy Hobbes, but the prologue and coda are both about fathers and sons. The book begins with Roy playing baseball with his father, who dies too soon, and the book ends with the retired Roy finally assuming the fathering of his son and playing catch with him on the farm. The most touching scene in Field of Dreams, that scene which justifies the elaborate fantasy of building a baseball park for the immortals in the Iowa cornfields, is when father and son finally get to play catch together. (Source: "Baseball and Fathers " by William Van Wert)

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The Sons
American professional baseball player. Son of Harry Rose. Secondbase

Andrew Nectow

Public transit bus driver. Son of Harold Nectow.
Firstbase

British-born filmmaker. Son of William Hitchcok.
Thirdbase

American-born writer. Son of Leo Kerouac.
Rightfield

Fictional son of Atticus Finch from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Catcher

Founder of psychoanalysis. Son of Jakob Freud
Leftfield

Rory Gates

Son of the founder of the Microsoft company.
Centerfield

American professional baseball player. Son of Dud Zimmer.
Shortstop

Mythological son of Laius.
Pitcher

American actor. Son of Robert De Niro, Sr.
Manager


The Fathers

Harry Rose

Bank cashier. Father of Pete Rose.
Secondbase

Shoe salesman, restaurant owner. Father of Andrew Nectow.
Firstbase

William Hitchcock

Grocer and fishmonger. Father of Alfred Hitchcock.
Thirdbase

Printing shop owner. Father of Jack Kerouac.
Rightfield

Fictional lawyer in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Father of Jem Finch.
Catcher

Jakob Freud

A wool merchant. Father of the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Leftfield

Founder of the Microsoft company. Father of Rory Gates.
Centerfield

Dud Zimmer

Occupation unknown. Father of Don Zimmer.
Shortstop

Mythological father of Oedipus.
Pitcher

Artist. Father of Robert De Niro, Jr.
Manager

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     Inn. 1: 14 Sons
[Starter] Laius
Pete Rose         9          . . .
Andrew Nectow      5          . . .
Alfred Hitchcock  6-3        . . .
     Inn. 1: 14 Fathers
[Starter] Oedipus
Harry Rose         3B         X . .
Harold Nectow     BB         X . X
Wiiliam Hitchcock    5-4 F      . . X 1
X@2:Wiiliam HitchcockCS 2-6     . . .
Leo Kerouac       8          . . .
     Inn. 2: 14 Sons
Jack Kerouac      3B         X . .
Jem Finch         7 SACF     . . . 1
Sigmund Freud     BB         . . X
*SB:Sigmund Freud SB         . X .
Rory Gates        3-1        X . .
Don Zimmer        5-3        X . .
     Inn. 2: 14 Fathers
Atticus Finch     2-3        . . .
Jakob Freud       6-3        . . .
Bill Gates        1B         . . X
Dud Zimmer        K          . . X
     Inn. 3: 14 Sons
Oedipus           7          . . .
Pete Rose         6          . . .
Andrew Nectow      7          . . .
     Inn. 3: 14 Fathers
Laius             K          . . .
Harry Rose         6-3        . . .
Harold Nectow     8          . . .
     Inn. 4: 14 Sons
Alfred Hitchcock  8          . . .
Jack Kerouac      9          . . .
Jem Finch         8          . . .
     Inn. 4: 14 Fathers
Wiiliam Hitchcock    5-3        . . .
Leo Kerouac       K          . . .
Atticus Finch     1B         . . X
Jakob Freud       8          . . X
     Inn. 5: 14 Sons
Sigmund Freud     1-3        . . .
Rory Gates        K          . . .
Don Zimmer        6-3        . . .
     Inn. 5: 14 Fathers
Bill Gates        7          . . .
Dud Zimmer        4-3        . . .
Laius             6-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: 14 Sons
Oedipus           K          . . .
Pete Rose         9          . . .
Andrew Nectow      1-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: 14 Fathers
Harry Rose         4-3        . . .
Harold Nectow     5-3        . . .
Wiiliam Hitchcock    4-3        . . .
     Inn. 7: 14 Sons
Alfred Hitchcock  7          . . .
Jack Kerouac      4-3        . . .
Jem Finch         1B         . . X
Sigmund Freud     K          . . X
     Inn. 7: 14 Fathers
Leo Kerouac       8          . . .
Atticus Finch     6-3        . . .
Jakob Freud       K          . . .
     Inn. 8: 14 Sons
Rory Gates        6          . . .
Don Zimmer        6-3        . . .
Oedipus           8          . . .
     Inn. 8: 14 Fathers
Bill Gates        K          . . .
Dud Zimmer        6-3        . . .
Laius             K          . . .
     Inn. 9: 14 Sons
Pete Rose         6-3        . . .
Andrew Nectow      8          . . .
Alfred Hitchcock  1B         . . X
*SB:Alfred HitchcoSB         . X .
Jack Kerouac      6-3        . X .
     Inn. 9: 14 Fathers
Harry Rose         1B         . . X
Harold Nectow     5-3 SAC    . X .
Wiiliam Hitchcock    2B         . X . 1

Fathers WIN Game, 2-1
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Game Date June 15, 2014
Game Duration 3 hours, 21 minutes
Game Weather Fair, 72o; Wind SSE 3mph
Game Umpires Agamemnon


Game MCP
Most Cosmic Player


Born in 1862, William was the son of Jospeh, a grocer. In 1887 William married Emma Jane Whelan. In 1899 William's third child, Alfred, the future filmmaker was born. William died from emphysema and kidney disease in 1914. Source
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Henry Chadwick was not quite a teenager when his father, James Chadwick, a noted radical journalist, decided to take his new family (Henry was the product of James Chadwick's second marriage) and emigrate to the United States in September 1837. [Source: Andrew Schiff at the SABR Baseball Biography Project]. Chadwick became the presumptive "Father of Baseball" sometime in the 1870s.

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Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was a Russian writer. In 1860 he published a short novel First Love about a father and son in love with the same woman. His 1862 novel Fathers and Sons is regarded as one of the major works of 19th-century fiction (wikipedia.org).

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