And lucky for us, we are living in what is unquestionably the golden age of baseball.
Gossip is the national pastime of Cuba, followed by baseball and sex (although the order could well be reversed).
It is also the passing of a certain era of baseball, the last of a certain kind.
in the modern sense, 1845, American English, from base (n.) + ball (n.1). Earlier references, e.g. in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey," refer to the game of "rounders," of which baseball is a more elaborate variety. Legendarily invented 1839 by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Base was used for "start or finish line of a race" from 1690s; and the sense of "safe spot" found in modern children's game of tag can be traced to 14c. (the sense in baseball is from 1868).