We're going on a week without sports, and MLB fans are already pining for the return of their beloved pastime amid the growing coronavirus outbreak. While this is a public health crisis that should force us all to stay inside in order to prevent the spread, the influenza epidemic of 1918 was much worse in terms of the fatality numbers. Still, baseball marched merrily along through the chaos, as games were played while players sported masks in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.
Baseball was such a force back then that not even one of the deadliest pandemics ever was enough to grind it to a halt. However, given the more advanced medical knowledge we have in 2020, we can confidently say that was probably not the best move.
Every moron pointing to this as evidence that the MLB should continue playing games is being extremely short sighted. The flu these guys played through killed 675,000 Americans, including a few who were MLB players at the time.
If we all take proper precautions to prevent the spread of this virus, we can get our beloved baseball back sooner rather than later. Let's work together, folks!