“Baseball is My New Favorite Sport!” – Biking for Baseball

Hoak conspired with journalist Myron Cope and the editors of Sport magazine to craft his fictionalized tale in June 1964 (only weeks after his career-ending release by the Philadelphia Phillies), thus launching one of the most widely swallowed baseball hoaxes of the modern era. As Hoak tells the story, his unlikely and unscheduled at-bat against young Castro came during his own single season of Cuban winter league play, which the ex-big-leaguer conveniently misremembers as the offseason of 1950-51. Hoak’s account involves a Cuban League game between his own Cienfuegos ball club and the Marianao team featuring legendary Havana outfielder . The convenient backdrop was political unrest surrounding the increasingly unpopular government of military strongman Fulgencio Batista. During the fifth inning and with American Hoak occupying the batter’s box, a spontaneous anti-Batista student demonstration suddenly broke out (Hoak reported such uprisings as all-too-regular occurrences during that particular 1951 season) with horns blaring, firecrackers exploding, and anti-Batista forces streaming directly onto the field of play.

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Finally, I would just like to add that I have no doubt that in 25 years,, soccer will be more popular in the U.S. than baseball (and I realize this is a baseball website and my comment will probably not be popular). Macho meatheads can criticize soccer all they want, but facts are facts, and there is no doubt that the sport is become increasingly popular in this country. Look at the recent popularity of the Premier League in this country and how many cities are clamoring for an MLS franchise. Look at the crowd in an MLS game and it seems like 80% of attendees are under the age of 40. In contrast, look at the diminishing numbers of Little League participants. Look at a typical crowd at a MLB game and the lack of Millennials in attendance. And again, baseball is 6 minutes of action over a three-hour span. Sorry soccer-haters, the sport is only going to continue to grow in popularity.

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Second, in my view, one other factor that contributes to the enjoyment or frustration of watching a sporting event is the influence of bad officiating. In this area, basketball and football are failing tremendously. In contrast, I am often amazed how good of a job soccer and hockey officials do. I’m not saying that there aren’t bad calls in these sports, but it just seems like they occur less often and that bad officiating doesn’t factor into the end results like it seems to in other sports.

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Todd, I came across this post and wanted to thank you for putting it together. This is a topic that I’ve become very interested in during the past several years, as my interest in football has significantly decreased, and my interest in watching baseball or basketball is now non-existent. At the same time, I have become a HUGE fan of both hockey and soccer, and can’t get enough of either sport. I too had seen the WSJ article on the amount of action time in baseball, but until your post, had never seen a side-by-side comparison of all the sports. I had no doubt that my interest in soccer and hockey had to do with the amount of action in those sports, but your statistics confirmed this, as these two sports had the highest proportion of action to total game time. And the more you watch these two sports, the more you realize how much skill and strategy is involved, and a 0-0 draw can still be very entertaining. If high scoring always translated into entertainment value, Arena Football would be the most popular sport in this country. The fact that it isn’t, lends credence to the notion that scoring isn’t everything.

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Hoak, Don with Myron Cope. “The Day I Batted Against Castro” in: The Armchair Book of Baseball. Edited by John Thorn. (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1985), 161-164. (Originally appearing in Sport, June 1964)

Only 5% of Americans call the NBA their favorite sport …

Ice hockey and soccer dwarf the other sports in terms of action and are even better live than on television. American football and March madness are fun too. NHL (October – June), any major soccer league, NFL and NCAA basketball tournament are on my year round calendar.