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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Backlist Book: The Decline of Baseball in Inner-City Chicago by Mark Stephen O’Neal

    The southside of Chicago was a thriving community throughout the 1970s―small businesses in the community were thriving, the majority of families were two-parent households, and the neighborhoods were safe for the most part. I had a great childhood, and Little League baseball was at the center of it. My brother and I would play every summer, and the things that I remember the most were the opening day parade, the concession stand that the parents of the players ran, and us boys playing baseball on those warm summer mornings and afternoons.

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    However, things had begun to take a turn for the worse in the 1980s―crime in the neighborhood had risen, small businesses started to fail, and people began to lose their jobs as the economy had shifted from manufacturing to service industries seemingly overnight. The steady decline of boys playing baseball continued throughout the decade until it became almost nonexistent in the community during the 1990s.

    The Decline of Baseball in Inner-City Chicago is a forty-page book that touches on some of the reasons why kids aren’t playing baseball in our communities as well as communities throughout the country. Pick up an eBook copy of this book on Amazon for only $0.99.

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