Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published in London, under the title The Whale (1851)
JANE AUSTEN ON BASEBALL VS. BOOKS
...it was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had by nature nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, baseball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books--or at least books of information--for they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.
---Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, 1818
He that falls in love with Himself, will have no Rivals.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
So the Yankees are in Anaheim -- where it's much much warmer -- to play the next two or three games of the American League Championship Series. In an uncharacteristically fan-friendly move, the Yankees are opening up Yankee Stadium today and showing Game 3 on the gigunda center-field screen. And by opening up, I mean opening up: there's no charge for admission. Of course, they're going to make a butt-load of money on concessions and restaurant sales and such, but it's still a great idea, and kudos to whoever came up with it.
In fact, I think it's such a good idea that I'm going to go. *grin* It should be fun.....