—I thank Dr Simpson for his interesting letter but point out that the rule regarding the placement of home base is not mandatory. According to the 1995 edition of Official Baseball Rules,1 "It is desirable that the line from home base through the pitcher's plate to second base shall run east-northeast." [emphasis added]In response to Dr Ray, in my Cover Story I wrote that baseball is mythologized as the great social equalizer and that this notion is "naive" and "romanticized." I state that "the idea of a level playing field" must have been appealing to Friedman and that "he was struck by the thought of the one place where no one was an outsider" (italics added). I did not intend to imply that baseball is the one place where everyone is equal, but rather that this is how baseball is idealized. Indeed, major league baseball was
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