Early in the onset of the disease that thoroughly transformed him, Mike McCloskey wandered into Duke's locked Cameron Indoor Stadium. He meant no harm. He just wanted to shoot some hoops and experience that peace again.
Sorry, Gil Scott-Heron, but in baseball at least the revolution was televised. TV has transformed America's game more thoroughly than Babe Ruth or Alexander Cartwright. If not for the billions that owners now reap annually from national and local contracts, baseball would look a lot like it did in the gray and miserly 1950s.
Frank Fitzpatrick has been an editor and writer at the Inquirer since 1980. A onetime beat writer for the Phillies, Eagles, and Penn State football, he's also covered nine Olympics. A 2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist, he now focuses on sports projects and writes a Sunday column.