The June 28 Sports article “Since Game 7, baseball has struck out” outlined appropriate concerns regarding the national pastime’s future health. But I take comfort that exactly a century ago, baseball subsequently prospered after similar challenges of both Mother Nature (the influenza pandemic) and human nature (the 1919 White Sox game-fixing scandal).

A Boston Red Sox player in the 1918 World Series, Babe Ruth, who had recovered from the flu, thrilled fans in the 1920s by hitting a lot of home runs for the New York Yankees. And Washington baseball enjoyed its best decade (until the final game played in the 2010s put that into question), which included the 1924 World Series win for the Senators.

Jeffrey B. Freedman, New York