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How You Play the Game by Len Sherman, Jerry Colangelo

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CHAPTER SIX

Thinking Baseball

I had been in the baseball business a couple of years (though still before the Arizona Diamondbacks had taken the field for the first time), when the Rocky Mountain News asked Bowie Kuhn and me to each write a column answering the question, Is corporate ownership good for baseball? Bowie, the commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1984, supported the negative position, while I championed the affirmative.

The former commissioner argued that the integrity of the game demanded a reverence for its history and traditions, to a degree unique among sports. Baseball fans were the most conservative of fans, and ...

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