July/August 2000

Volume 51
Issue 4

Features 

BASEBALL WAS PLAYED FOR THIRTY YEARS BEFORE ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT FINDING A WAY TO PROTECT PLAYERS’ FINGERS

Organized crime? Mafia? A lot of people, including J. Edgar Hoover, said it was mere folklore—until one day in 1957 an alert New York state trooper set up a roadblock in a small town. What followed was low comedy with high consequences.

How Southern California capitalism and one mysterious loner met, courted, married, and gave birth to our modern surfing culture

When the two parties gather to select their candidates, the proceedings will be empty glitz, with none of the import of old-time conventions. Or will they?

For centuries the Newport rich have been commissioning portraits of themselves—and sometimes getting a surprise when they see the results

July/August 2000

Departments 

Behind the Cutting Edge

Correspondence

History Happened Here

In the News

Letter From the Editor

My Brush With History

The Business of America

The Time Machine