Drawing the line at 1969

Jayson Stark points to 1969 as the season that should mark the official start of modern baseball.

Originally Published: June 5, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

In 1900, there was no such thing as air conditioners, movies, corn flakes or bubble gum. But somehow, in baseball, we consider 1900 to be part of the "modern" era.

You couldn't listen to a game on a radio in 1900, let alone watch one on DirecTV. And you couldn't buy a Model T to drive to a game, so you sure as heck couldn't fly across country to play in one. But in baseball, those were "modern" times.

Well, here in this corner of ESPN.com, we may not be quite as futuristic as, say, Steve ...

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