By Bill Morales
In 1960, significant League Baseball reached a crossroads in its historical past. dealing with a problem from the Continental Baseball League, the proprietors of the unique sixteen significant league groups elected to confess new golf equipment. This in-depth examine that pivotal season--the final performed with merely the unique sixteen teams--follows the hot York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates on their march to the 1960 global sequence. the rigors and triumphs of those groups replicate the adjustments, huge and small, that got here to outline the game within the following decades--surnames at the backs of the uniforms, exploding scoreboards, the expanding impression of foreign gamers, and ideal of all, enlargement. Marking the tip of the "Golden Age" of baseball and the start of the ascendancy soccer because the nationwide hobby, this old season witnessed the intersection of the earlier and way forward for American expert activities.
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Another 3,600 cars could be left in privately owned facilities within a six-block radius of the Stadium. But that was it. In an effort to solve the problem, Yankee owners Dan Topping and Del Webb petitioned Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to allow the seldom-used Macombs Dam Park, adjacent to the Stadium, to be converted into additional parking space. Calling Robert Moses the Parks Commissioner is like referring to Nikita Khrushchev as the General Secretary of the Communist Party. In each case, an innocuous moniker belied an all-powerful individual.
This was especially the case in 1960, the year during which an Irish Catholic from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, was running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Today, in the age of free agency, we are more likely to know more about the details of a player’s contract than anything else. By contrast, the Baseball Digest, in its preview of the 1960 season, included not just a player’s 38 Farewell to the Last Golden Era height and weight, color of hair and eyes, but often their ethnic heritage as well.
McDonald’s and Holiday Inn, Disneyland and Jones Beach State Park all existed for and by the automobile. 8 For more and more fans from New Jersey and the Long Island suburbs of Nassau and Suffolk counties, the automobile, and not the “A” Train, was the preferred mode of transportation to the Yankee ballpark at 161st Street and River Avenue. As a result, the Yankee management was facing an ever more difﬁcult parking situation. In 1960, the club parking lot could accommodate just 1,200 cars. Another 3,600 cars could be left in privately owned facilities within a six-block radius of the Stadium.