The Critical 'I'

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

MIGHTY PHARAOH HAS STRUCK OUT
The all-American game of baseball has roots going back to old Europe--cricket, rounders and other British-origin games. But new research suggests that the grand old game goes all the way back to ancient Egypt (New York Times, free registration required).

I liked the reimagined "Casey At The Bat" coda:

O somewhere in the Aten's circuit, the sun is shining bright
Nubian drums play somewhere and Hittite hearts are light
In Babylon men are laughing, in Nineveh children shout
But there is no joy in Mud-brickville
Great Pharaoh has struck out.


The Abner Doubleday myth, by the way, is completely false. I cannot understand why it's still being perpetuated despite copious proof that it's a crock.