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I wonder if the popularity of baseball can be related to climate. It's pretty hot in middle America in the summer, and standing in the outfield waiting for a fly ball is a lot more practical than chasing a soccer ball around.
by asdf on Tue Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:19:47 PM EST
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I suspect that's true.  You probably don't want people playing the fast-paced outdoor sports at that level in summer here for fear that everybody will die of heatstroke.

Similarly, baseball in January in New York or Boston doesn't make a lot of sense.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 04:38:00 AM EST
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I dont know whether this will work outside the UK, but there was a program about the shared history of Baseball and Cricket on the radio.  (Including some snipets that it actually is another European game, and the myth of its origin in the states is false)

In there they say that up until the civil war, Cricket and baseball were equally popular in the US, and noone is quite sure why Cricket faded away after that.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 02:30:04 PM EST
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in spain, italy, africa, the middle east, or most of latin america.
by wu ming on Wed Jun 16th, 2010 at 11:33:18 AM EST
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