Lucey: Historic baseball saloons are relics from a bygone era

From SABR member Bill Lucey at The National Pastime Museum on July 28, 2015:

Distinctive baseball saloons, which once dotted urban landscapes not far from the cities’ ballparks, have gone the way of telephone booths and bookstores.

Some are still around, but they’re falling like dominoes.

Baseball saloons during a bygone era were once convenient gathering places not only for fans and the players themselves, but also for prominent politicians to hold court within their inner-circle. They served as weigh stations for brassy mobsters and prying journalists (mostly print reporters) hoping to soak up some juicy gossip.

Though no longer distinctive treasures of city neighborhoods, there are still a number of baseball taverns across the country.

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Originally published: July 30, 2015. Last Updated: July 30, 2015.