On Baseball

Anne Douglas Sedgwick

“I don’t understand baseball, but the vigour and happiness and beauty of the game, the splendid force and dignity of the young ‘pitcher’s’ attitudes, all on the background of wide wooded fields and country with a low-lying ripple of blue hill in the distance, suddenly made me feel Greece and Greek ideals as I had hardly ever felt them before. There was something of the spirit of the Winged Victory in that young pitcher.”

— Anne Sedgwick Douglas in a letter to Katherine Dunham, June 4, 1902. Miss Douglas was visiting from England, staying with friends in Lenox, Massachusetts. From Anne Douglas Sedgwick: A Portrait in Letters (1936)


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