There is a widespread chorus shouting about baseball becoming increasingly boring. The reality is that although the contests have acquired more of an entertainment atmosphere, the thrust of excitement has waned because of two primary factors.
The beanball has flourished in baseball ever since pitchers were first allowed to throw overhand in the late 1880s. In an effort to keep batters "unsettled," pitchers would throw inside; if the batter was hit, the benefits outweighed the costs.
The same personality characteristics that led George Steinbrenner to his angry, firing behavior also led to his kindly, charitable acts. In fact, Mr. Steinbrenner was completely consistent in his behavior.
I was just seven years old when, in January 1973, George Steinbrenner led a group that purchased the Yankees; but, as it happens, it was the beginning of an epochal tenure in the history of sports ownership.