What’s the fundamental difference between baseball and basketball?

The NCAAs are in the books and the NBA is (finally) heading to the playoffs.

Except for some snow challenges, the MLB season is off and running.

Which reminded me of a study re: a common characteristic shared by good baseball players.

Gerald Hall, the director of a youth baseball program in Washington, says:

“Baseball is a game taught by fathers, while basketball and football are more often taught by peers in pickup games.”

So what?


Hall further opines:

“If you did a survey, I believe you’d find that the one thing average and above-average baseball players have in common is a father.

Baseball is, at heart, a father-and-son sport.

And if you’re a kid that has nobody to throw to, nobody to talk to, nobody to discipline you in the way that baseball demands, you’re not likely to play the game.”Source


Sounds like baseball is just a microcosm of life.

Play ball!

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One Response to “What’s the fundamental difference between baseball and basketball?”

  1. Da Cuz Says:

    Baseball in the USA now is mostly taught starting with T-ball and moving along in organized leagues at least in the burbs. That’s one of the complaints by MLB that more inner city kids are not playing baseball, so those avenues may not exist.
    A large percentage of the MLB players come from Hispanic countries where the father plays a big part but also in those ares the “pick up game” is baseball or soccer.
    With the increase in home basketball hoops in the burbs of USA cities more burn kids are playing basketball. The inner city has basketball courts but few baseball diamonds and programs so MLB has dropped the ball here and no support seems to be coming.
    When I was a boy I learned in the neighborhood then I taught my brother- note neither of us made it to the bigs but we played a lot of baseball and enjoyed. I am still a big baseball fan today. How about those World Series Astros.

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