In the days before professional sports became decadent with players paid the prodigal salaries of tycoons, the average fan did not have to take out a mortgage to take his family to a game. Players had a more temperate sense of themselves as well. When Bobby Thomson hit “the shot heard ‘round the world” at the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951, he acknowledged the applause and then used a ten-cent token to take the subway home.
Simplicity was an instinct rooted in our nation’s original culture, as when Thomas Jefferson took the presidential oath of office and returned to his boarding house where he waited his turn for dinner, and when Harry Truman left the White House and drove himself back to Missouri with no guards and no pension. He did not pretend to be broke because he was broke, and he refused directorships on corporations…
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