Monday, January 23, 2006

The Legacy Of Bowie Kuhn

The most excellent Michael McCann over at Sportslaw promos Les Carpenter's Washington Post item on an unusual aspect of the quarter-century old Iran hostage crisis.

The released hostages were showered with ticker tape and novelty gifts: Electrolux vacuums, bar-b-ques, blue jeans, potatoes and Mardi Gras excursions. But it was baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn who came up with the most extraordinary gift: a lifetime pass to baseball.

McCann wonders about some interesting complications: can the pass be transferred? If it can't, wouldn't non-baseball loving recipients rather have something else (or be able to sell it)?

What I wonder is this: is there a sport other than baseball that could make such a beneficent gesture and have it mean so much? Didn't think so.


At 2:47 AM, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

The Post story is amazing. For some reason, I have this nagging thought that I have read about such a pass in a piece of fiction before. Maybe I have, or maybe it is just my mind's equivalent of the Golden Ticket.


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