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By Sexton, John Edward; Oliphant, Thomas; Schwartz, Peter J

Utilizing to the secular job of baseball a sort of inquiry frequently reserved for the research of faith, Sexton explores universal floor among the sport and what all of us realize as faith: sacred locations and time, religion and doubt, benefits and curses, and more.

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In those more innocent days, at the Stadium and at a few of the other then sixteen major league ballparks (the New York Giants’ Polo Grounds, within sight directly across the Harlem River, was another), fans could walk the outfield grass (always watched carefully by the groundskeepers) after the game as they began their journey home. In those magical moments, we could examine up close the chalk-etched geometry of the field. Believe me, to pause on the grass in Yankee Stadium’s short right field and stare at the area around first base, where Lou Gehrig once ruled, quickens the heart.

Only Cobb received more votes, and only a few more at that. Naturally, there is a big statue of Wagner in Pittsburgh today. It originally stood outside Forbes Field; then in 1971, it was moved to Three Rivers Stadium; and finally, it was placed where it now stands outside the main entrance of PNC Park. Nearby there is another memorial, a section of the original Forbes Field outfield wall, from left-center field, complete with its old distance sign of 406 feet. The most important home run ever hit at Forbes Field, one that has to be on the short list of the most important in baseball history, sailed directly over that wall on October 13, 1960.

The ineffable is experienced, not defined, revealing itself in moments of intense feeling. The setting is beside the point, be it a house of worship or a mountaintop or a ballpark. One label for the sacred (for mysterium tremendum et fascinans) is God. Used this way (the way I use it), the “God” involved is not the anthropomorphic deity who resides in green pastures. Karen Armstrong, in her wonderful book The Case for God, put it well: The catechism definition I learned at the age of eight—“God is the Supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself and is infinite in all perfections”—was not only dry, abstract, and rather boring; it was also incorrect.

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