Baseball is a simple yet complex game. Its charm and appeal lie in its combination of simplicity and complexity, allowing fans to appreciate the game on many levels. This relationship between the elementary and complicated has led some to say baseball is like church. Many attend but few understand.
The game and its measurements of success and failure have remained essentially the same through the years; only the participants, environment, and equipment have changed. A late-twentieth-century fan would easily recognize the 1908 game and its overall strategy, but there were still differences separating the Dead Ball Era game from that of modern times.
Examination of the 1908 season starts with the trip to the ballpark. Chances are you arrived for the afternoon game via horse-drawn carriage, streetcar, or urban railroad, or even on foot, because the ballparks of the day were within urban neighborhoods. A major difference between attending a modern game and one of the Dead Ball Era was how you got there. Today's fans usually drive and park near the stadium. In 1908 you drove if you were among the elite, or the daring. Mass production and availability of the automobile were still some years