Unamerican Fourth

There was a time when GM built more than half of all the cars in the world and advertised Chevrolets with the slogan, “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”  GM was paying for those ads and they still proclaimed baseball first of those All-American things.

When I was a younger man, major-league baseball games usually ran a little over two hours.  At that time, I advocated for a federal law requiring all major-league teams to play double headers on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Today, a typical baseball game is much closer to four hours than two, so I believe double headers should be outlawed.  However, baseball should still be required by federal law on the three warm-weather national holidays.  The only way my position has changed is I no longer think they should play two.

Why do I bring this up now?  Because yesterday, July 4, 2019, there could have been three more major-league games.  Six teams didn’t play.