By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Sports As Religion Sports Museum Of America Sets New Standard
SPORTS AS RELIGION SPORTS MUSEUM OF AMERICA SETS NEW STANDARD
Â© 1989 Arturo DiModica
“CHARGING BULL” READY FOR THE OPENING
You probably don’t know
but you certainly should
America’s first ball field
stands at the southern
tip of Broadway in
Bowling Green Park is where Sports was first ever officially played in North America. Now beginning Tuesday, May 6, 2008, it will be the site of the first ever Sports Museum of America. How perfect is that ? VERY PERFECT !
Thank the Common Council of New York back in 1733 for having the vision to respond to citizen requests to create a well maintained surface for the public good to play the only Sport known to the colonists Lawn Bowling, with the creation of aptly named Bowling Green Park 275 years ago this year America’s first ball field came to be.
Now exactly 275 years later a modern day visionary Philip Schwalb, with the able assistance of many others, has come to Bowling Green to create the first great Sports Museum of America which will officially open today, May 6, 2008, with pomp & ceremony.
What the Sports Museum of America accomplishes which none of the many single Sport museums around the country do – what this new Museum does like none ever has is present Sports as an all encompassing experience. Whatever Sport or Sports any of us favor the Sports Museum of America weaves a mosaic a tapestry that unites ALL Sports into a larger vision of the place of Sports in our lives individually and as a society.
And even more it is FUN
it is EXCITING just as
Sports is meant to be
As you tour this Museum and its spectacular multi-media venues as you do you understand, appreciate, embrace the UNITY of Sports all Sports and the past, present and now the future of Sports which the Sports Museum of America will become an integral element. And of course our Sports are not some abstract exercise rather all Sports are the Athletes who have played those Sports in the past, do play them today and will tomorrow.
The Human Experience of Sports has NEVER been explored with the depth and power with which it is here at the Sports Museum of America. In effect for the hours that you explore this Museum you are living, you are immersed in a universe of Sports with all its glory, triumphant, bitter defeat and longing. Those magic moments in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, boxing, tennis, the list goes on and on. The point being that here at the Sports Museum of America you will come to appreciate and understand the underlying unity of Sports as no one in America indeed no one on Earth ever has before.
In effect as a result Sports
all Sports all the time
is experienced here at 26 Broadway
at Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan
as the kind of religious experience
all Sports ultimately are for us
What is Religion ? It has many definitions. But stripped bare ALL religions produce an experience that takes us beyond ourselves. Into another dimension of time and space as Rod Serling would have said. Whatever our own Religion it brings us a Peak Experience becomes a gateway into a world greater than our day to day realties while at the same time showing us that in many ways our day to day realities are part of that Greater Reality.
WELL that is EXACTLY what Sports does for us
it is outside of our daily experience but as
much Sports is a part of our daily realities
except it is easy to miss the point but
you cannot escape that Greater Reality in
the Sports Museum of America you will
enter into a CATHEDRAL of Sports
when you enter the Sports Museum
of America and by the time you
emerge you will now appreciate
Sports as you never have before
how your Sports and all Sports
are One why Sports is as
inspiring as any religion
because Sports has risen
to become our religion and
The Sports Museum of America
will have you understand and
experience for yourself
why it is so
PHILIP SCHWALB MASTERMIND OF THE SPORTS MUSEUM OF AMERICA