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Last updated 12/1/2021 at 12:28pm

I've probably played them all – sports, that is.

Let's see, thinking back to my youth – and yes, it was after the founding of the United States in 1789, here are the formal sports I can recall playing:

First, baseball – In my youth, it was the national pastime. (A good argument can be made that baseball has been replaced by professional football.) I did, however, play both softball and, so-called, hardball (true baseball). Being raised in New York City, where all the neighborhood parks were paved with blacktop, having skinned knees was a part of the game.

No helmets, no uniforms, jus...

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