Why Are Kids Tuning Out Baseball?


On Sept. 22, 1966, at one of the last Yankees home games of that season, there were only 413 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium. In perhaps the most dramatic and sudden fall from greatness in the history of American sports, the team that defined the word "dynasty" became irrelevant; just two years removed from their 29th World Series appearance in 44 years, the Yankees finished in last place in 1966.

So profound a sight it was to witness 64,587 empty seats in the mammoth ballpark in the Bronx, that legendary broadcaster Red Barber described the scene in vivid detail to those tuning in on television. Always the defensive, paranoid organization, the Yankees quickly fired him the following week for exposing the inglorious visual of a vacant ballpark occupied by a team...

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