There's nothing more American than baseball. The sport has been around since before the Civil War, and has always served as a mirror on national life. The fast and loose lifestyle of the roaring 1920s were well evoked by the Black Sox scandal, which saw baseball players taking a dive at the plate. And baseball's contribution to last century's rise of the multibillion dollar sports industry has been as good a display as any of America's standing as the preeminent global superpower after World War II. Is there any corner of the world that isn't populated by teens wearing Yankee hats?