Don’t Ya Tell Me How it Was Tonight Tomorrow—

—Johnny Cash (from “See Ruby Fall”)

boxscore, 1918

One of the problems with being a geezer (Yep, I’m going to do one of those “I used to walk 5 miles a day to school in the snow in July uphill both ways” bits) is that you remember one of the simple joys of baseball back in the 1950s.

Back then you could get late scores on the radio (or TV) and go to bed knowing if your team won that day. Or if worse came to worse you could get the morning newspaper and get all the scores from the day before. Usually they would post a boxscore for each game so not only did you know who won, but you found out how your personal favorites did in their latest game.

All that changed when West Coast baseball began in the big leagues. The games started at somewhere around nine o’clock where I lived (Central Time Zone) and with school I had to go to bed by 10 pm. Without school I had to go to bed at 10 pm (I never understood how “It’s a school night, now go to bed” made any difference. I had to go to bed at the same time with or without school.) so I never knew the West Coast scores until the next day. Then the local newspaper went to press too early to get the late scores either. So there I was waiting an extra day to see if the Dodgers won or lost. The Monday paper might show the Sunday scores for the Cardinals or Cubs but the Dodgers score was from Saturday’s late game.

That’s all changed now. Among other things I get to stay up later (my wife says 10:30 is OK) and the internet gives me the late games as soon as I log on. But I still miss having the entire day’s games laid out for me to look over at my leisure. Sometimes progress stinks.


11 Responses to “Don’t Ya Tell Me How it Was Tonight Tomorrow—”

  1. rjkitch13 Says:

    I also used to subscribe to the Sporting News which had all the box scores for a week!

  2. William Miller Says:

    I miss reading the baseball stat page in the sports section of the Sunday paper. Batting averages from highest to lowest, and ERA as well. Now I don’t even bother buying the Sunday paper anymore. Reading online news is certainly more convenient, but ultimately somewhat less satisfying.

  3. Jackie, The Baseball Bloggess Says:

    If you haven’t already heard it … you will definitely appreciate the song “Box Scores” by The Baseball Project. You can listen to it here:

  4. Gary Trujillo Says:

    There is give and take. There is something romantic about scanning the box scores and imagining how your favorite players did nd then there is actually SEEING it. I love both in so many different and exciting ways.

  5. wkkortas Says:

    The great thing about box scores back in the day was the use of the apostrophe to designate a missing letter, as in “M’azer’ski” or “P’gnatano”.

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