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Despite an excellent product on the field, teams experienced declining attendance. Many families had moved to the suburbs and found the decaying old ballparks uncomfortable and difficult to reach by automobile. Meanwhile, cities in the southern and western United States were growing rapidly. These emerging cities were eager to lure major league clubs with their large fan base and new stadiums. 53 Baseball and Its Greatest Players This photograph, taken on Sept. 24, 1957, shows a wistful-looking Walter “Smokey” Alston, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, at the team’s last game at Ebbets Field.
The four balls constitute a walk; that is, the batter gets to go to first base without having to hit and run. The batter also gets to advance to first base if a pitched ball hits any part of his body—as long as an effort was made to dodge the pitch. Fielding The real work of the other players in the field begins when the batter hits a fair ball. If it is a fly ball or a line drive, the fielders try to catch it before it falls to the ground. A batted ball that is caught in the air (in either fair or foul territory) counts as an out.
Louis Cardinals and Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs. By season’s end, both players had surpassed the old record of 61 home runs (set by Roger Maris in 1961), with McGwire tallying 70 home runs and Sosa 66. Incredibly, the new mark established by McGwire was Jubilant Chicago White Sox players celebrate after winning the 2005 World Series against the Houston Astros, 4 games to 0. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images 62 The Modern Game broken again just a few seasons later, when Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit 73 home runs in 2001.