A major difference between media coverage of today's game and that of yesteryear is the quality and quantity of the journalism. Modern writers with their electronic and print outlets dwell on controversy and the horse-race aspect of baseball's pennant races, with little or no attention paid to writing style or colorful prose. Modern baseball fans are inundated with information from cyberspace and broadcast and print media; their early-century counterparts were swimming in a sea of newsprint.
The sportswriters of 1908 were limited to print. Game accounts were relayed to papers by wire, and the electronic media we use today were still inventors' dreams. It is unfair to conclude, however, that early reporters were unduly restrained by the limitations of print. Often sportswriters wrote prose and verse alike. Some of the attempts to turn a phrase fell flat, while others now seem overly wordy and ostentatious. But often they struck a chord.
Poetry was written both as solo contributions and as a means to fill space. None other than the immortal sportswriter Grantland Rice contributed verse in tribute to the start of the 1908 season.
On Rooters Row the Bugs arise
To cheer again the timely rap;