Baseball, still a sure sign and symbol of the civil religion in America, became the national game indeed with black player incorporation in 1947. The game was naturally a more powerful propaganda tool in the Cold War. Integration has strengthened, if not convicted, the debate of baseball that symbolizes American democracy. It was also argued that a man of any background or scale should master the highest degree of professionalism to play this game. The invention of new terms like the railroad also happened to preserve its culture.


The term railroad in baseball means Running from the third base and knocking across the catcher or running from home to home to a first-based man. In this case, the catcher or the first man cannot duck out, so he has to play the ball to stand in line to get a gap. It remains rustic and introspective with all the tremendous shifts in the past decade or two. Baseball is fluid and intangible, a bubble where players pass at the same speed and rhythm as all their predecessors.

Baseball had a close link with the railroad before night games, television packs, or even a world series. In the 19th century, baseball was also the quickest way to scatter tracks in this region. Teams formed and the ranks organized with frenetic rhythms. And with more and more sport, players and spectators had to journey longer. By train, they did so. The timetable for the game was set to match the train plans by 1876.


Baseball players made their journeys by rail for the next 75 years. Players as Harry “The Hat” Walker, Phil Rizzuto, and Eddie Matthews described the track as the best way to move by teammates. You will have “bull sessions” to speak baseball, understand what ticks you and be more assertive on the field. Coaches kept their players in the tabs, and athletes could cover teammates while riding on the same rail trains over long distances.

The western expansion and the growth of commercial air travel happened. With teams in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, the train travel quickly became impractical. By the 1960s, it was a golden era for trains and baseball had run its course.