One’s own definition of Major League Baseball in its purist form is a direct result of the era in which they grew to love the game.

For example, I consider myself a baseball purist. To me, that harkens back to the gaudy, colorful, sans-belt polyester uniforms with stirrups over socks worn by players equally as colorful during the 1970s and ‘80s. My father’s definition of baseball purism features an era of baggy flannel uniforms, the introduction of the batting helmet, the integration of the MLB game and world championship-caliber teams in Cleveland during the middle ’50s.

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