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April 3, 1996

The Great American Game

Author Affiliations

West Palm Beach, Fla

JAMA. 1996;275(13):987. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530370024019

To the Editor.  —I am writing regarding the cover story by Ms King1 in which she refers to the "level playing field" of baseball and the fact that it was "the one place where no one, not even he, was an outsider." Is she not aware that at the time the painting was done, blacks were excluded from baseball in the major leagues?This was one of the great travesties of justice in American history, and to imply the opposite, that baseball was somehow a great equalizer at the time, is extremely insensitive and an insult not only to blacks, but to all Americans.