"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and could be again."
Those words --- spoken so resonantly by James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams --- are perhaps the best and most concise evocation of the mythic power of baseball. Readers who would like a richer, more thorough explication of this theme are strongly urged to pick up Michael Chabon's new book, SUMMERLA