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April 3, 1996

The Great American Game

Author Affiliations

Hot Springs, Ark

JAMA. 1996;275(13):986-987. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530370024018

To the Editor.  —I thoroughly enjoyed your description of World Series by Arnold Friedman1 on the cover of JAMA. I also wish to make you aware of a compositional error in the piece. All professional baseball parks should have home plate in the southwest corner of the playing field (this is the reason left-handed pitchers are called "southpaws" since their throwing arm is always on the south side of the mound), according to the official baseball rulebook (oral communication, Bill Valentine, General Manager, Arkansas Travellers, March 13, 1996). The error is in the direction of the shadows, which would indicate a sun position low in the southeast—as it would be at 7 or 8 o'clock in the morning.This lighting discrepancy does nothing to detract from the atmosphere the piece creates or the enjoyable (and not overblown) critique. I suspect other baseball fans will have notified you of the