Baseball America’s Game “The 3rd Inning”

Christian Corey, Sport's Writer

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The 1930’s for America was very different from the 1920’s.  In the 1930’s America’s economy was going on a downwards slope, and it was going down fast.  To the American people this downfall was quite a shock.  Most could not comprehend what was happening to the country.  People who once had jobs no longer had them.  So many people in America were unemployed at the same time this caused the country to fall into its’ first depression.  This depression was known as “The Great Depression.”  The Great Depression lasted for most of the 1930’s, and it was hard on everyone, even America’s great game, baseball.   

However, baseball felt the effects of the Great Depression in a different way.  Less and less people showed up at games because they could simply not afford it.  In the 1920’s, the cheapest price for a ticket at Yankee Stadium was .25 cents and the most expensive ones ranged anywhere from $20-$50.  In the 1930’s the average price of a ticket at Yankee Stadium was .50 cents.  Even though times were tough, Americans still found a way to stay up-to-date with the games.  The people who could not afford to go to the games would often listen to the broadcast on the radio.  The radio was a fairly new invention, that was introduced to America in the 1920’s.  But by the 1930’s 12 million American homes had a radio, and by the end of the decade that number jumped to 28 million.  The radio was really what kept Americans in tuned to their favorite sport.