THE LURE OF BASEBALL
"IN COURT" says the card on the lawyer's door,
"BACK IN TEN MINUTES" on many more;
"GONE TO HOSPITAL" on the doctor's slate
On another, "SIT DOWN AND WAIT."
"GONE TO THE BANK" on the notary's sign;
"ARBITRATION" that young clerk of mine
"BACK SOON" on the broker's book;
"COLLECTING RENTS" on my agent's hook.
They were all too busy, a matter quite new.
Very sorry was I, I had nothing to do.
Then I hied me hands to the baseball ground,
And every man on the grand-stand found.
---Anonymous, The Official Baseball Record, 1886
Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-80)