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A Cosmic Baseball Game

Hall of Fame quarterbacks from the National Football League play ball against Hall of Fame Major League Baseball players.

"Football is a team sport, but almost all of the time it's going to come down to quarterback play." (James Toscano, Metro Daily US, January 20-22, 2017)

"Baseball is a team game, but nine men who reach their individual goals make a nice team." (Pete Rose, quoted in "Is Baseball Really a Team Sport?" in the Huffington Post May 25, 2011)

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NFL Quarterbacks

Y.A. Tittle Secondbase
Joe Namath Centerfield
Sonny Jurgensen Leftfield
Joe Theismann Shortstop
Joe Montana Firstbase
Terry Bradshaw Thirdbase
Warren Moon Rightfield
Bart Starr Catcher
Dan Marino Pitcher

MLB Hall of Famers

Babe Ruth Rightfield
Ty Cobb Centerfield
Cap Anson Firstbase
Ted Williams Leftfield
Brooks Robinson Thirdbase
Jackie Robinson Secondbase
Luke Appling Shortstop
Johnny Bench Catcher
Sandy Koufax Pitcher

Baseball is a pre-modern sport. Football is the modern sport. Football reflects today's culture better than baseball: the gridiron stadium is louder, faster and more violent than baseball's occult diamond field.

Football's popularity surpassed baseball before the 21st century. But football might not advance to a post-modern stage given the sport's newly recognized health hazards.

Baseball is not dying. Not in any practical sense. It is economically healthy. Baseball revenue was $8 BILLION in 2013, despite the fact that the World Series telecasts between 2005 and 2013 were the least watched by television viewers.

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By the end of the 1930s, baseball was the national pastime. By the 21st century baseball had long ago shed that myth.

"National Pastime-- It sounds like a guy sitting on a rocking chair on his porch listening to a game on the radio and maybe he's whittling." (Bob Costas, quoted in "Is the Game Over", New York Times. September 28, 2013)

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"One must realize that baseball is no longer the national pastime. To say so is sheer pretension." (Howard Cosell, 1975)

(Parenthetically, despite Cosell's attitude towards baseball he did broadcast the 1976 American League Playoff series and the 1977 World series on the ABC network.)

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     Inn. 1: NFL
[Starter] Sandy Koufax
Y.A. Tittle       7          . . .
Joe Namath        K          . . .
Sonny Jurgensen   5-3        . . .
     Inn. 1: MLB
[Starter] Dan Marino
Babe Ruth         9          . . .
Ty Cobb           3UN        . . .
Cap Anson         1B         . . X
Ted Williams      3B         X . . 1
Brooks Robinson   1B         . . X 1
Jackie Robinson   5 (Foul)   . . X
     Inn. 2: NFL
Joe Theismann     7          . . .
Joe Montana       BB         . . X
Terry Bradshaw    6-3        . X .
Warren Moon       1B         . . X 1
Bart Starr        8          . . X
     Inn. 2: MLB
Luke Appling      1-3        . . .
Johnny Bench      5          . . .
Sandy Koufax      5-3        . . .
     Inn. 3: NFL
Dan Marino        1B         . . X
Y.A. Tittle       1B         . X X
Joe Namath        K          . X X
Sonny Jurgensen   4-3        X X .
Joe Theismann     BB         X X X
Joe Montana       4-3        X X .
     Inn. 3: MLB
Babe Ruth         3 (Foul)   . . .
Ty Cobb           4-3        . . .
Cap Anson         8          . . .
     Inn. 4: NFL
Terry Bradshaw    8          . . .
Warren Moon       HR         . . . 1
Bart Starr        7          . . .
Dan Marino        4-3        . . .
     Inn. 4: MLB
Ted Williams      E-9        . X .
Brooks Robinson   5-3        . X .
Jackie Robinson   5-3        . X .
Luke Appling      5-3        . X .
     Inn. 5: NFL
Y.A. Tittle       K          . . .
Joe Namath        HR         . . . 1
Sonny Jurgensen   5-3        . . .
Joe Theismann     BB         . . X
Joe Montana       3UN        . X .
     Inn. 5: MLB
Johnny Bench      4-3        . . .
Sandy Koufax      5-3        . . .
Babe Ruth         BB         . . X
Ty Cobb           BB         . X X
Cap Anson         4-6 F      X . X
     Inn. 6: NFL
Terry Bradshaw    1B         . . X
Warren Moon       1B         . X X
Bart Starr        6-4-3 DP   X . .
Dan Marino        6          X . .
     Inn. 6: MLB
Ted Williams      HR         . . . 1
Brooks Robinson   8          . . .
Jackie Robinson   1B         . . X
Luke Appling      E-4        X . X
Johnny Bench      6-4 F      . . X 1
Sandy Koufax      6-3        . X .
     Inn. 7: NFL
Y.A. Tittle       2B         . X .
Joe Namath        4-3        X . .
Sonny Jurgensen   5          X . .
Joe Theismann     5-3        X . .
     Inn. 7: MLB
Babe Ruth         8          . . .
Ty Cobb           E-4        . . X
*SB:Ty Cobb       SB         . X .
Cap Anson         1B         . . X
X@4:Ty Cobb       7-2        . . X
Ted Williams      1B         . X X
Brooks Robinson   8          . X X
     Inn. 8: NFL
Joe Montana       4-3        . . .
Terry Bradshaw    BB         . . X
Warren Moon       1B         . X X
Bart Starr        5-4-3 DP   X . .
     Inn. 8: MLB
Jackie Robinson   BB         . . X
Luke Appling      1-3 SAC    . X .
*EX:Johnny Bench (for PH)
*PH:Carlton Fisk  K          . X .
Sandy Koufax      6-3        . X .
     Inn. 9: NFL
*EX:Dan Marino (for PH)
*PH:Jim Kelly     1B         . . X
Y.A. Tittle       5-3 SAC    . X .
Joe Namath        4          . X .
Sonny Jurgensen   4-3        X . .
MLB Wins, 4-3

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Major League Baseball may indeed rank a poor third to football and basketball in television ratings, but the game remains the national pastime because it resonates more deeply in the country’s soul than any other sport. (George B. Kirsch, Letter to the Editor, N.Y. Times: Sept. 29, 2013)

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Game Date February 1, 2017
Game Duration 2 hours, 52 minutes
Game Weather Clear Skies. 52oF.
Wind S 5mph
Umpires Roger Goddell

Bob Manfred

Al Stump

Game MCP
Most Cosmic Player
Ted Williams
Official Scorer Oscar Robertson
Game Announcer Derek Sanderson

LINKS

There were eight minutes left in the third quarter. The ball was at the 43 yard line in enemy territory. It was the second down, with 12 yards to go for a new set of downs. The center delivered the ball to the quarterback who took a few steps back and threw a completed pass to a receiver who was tackled immediately for a three-yard gain. The player who caught the ball, got up, pranced, danced and fist-bumped the air and his teammates in celebration. It seemed excessive considering the event. It was now 3rd and 9.

It was the top of the seventh inning. No outs. The home team was leading 3-2. The lead off batter was at thirdbase because he hit a ball that got bounced around in rightfield for a triple. The second batter got the sign from the thirdbase coach. The infield was looking for a squeeze bunt. The pitcher threw a fastball down the middle of the plate and the batter sent the ball to deep right field. The fielder caught the ball at the wall. The runner at thirdbase tagged up and dashed for home. He was safe. Score it a sacrifice fly for the second batter. His bat tied the score at 3 apiece.

Baseball is typically a more humble game as befits its pre-moderness. Culturally, we have shifted from the delusion of humility to the illusion of central position. Football will ride this trend until it ends.

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