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In a time when the country is deeply divided, baseball unites

In a time when the country is deeply divided, baseball unites

They were playing ball at Nationals Park—a game that would matter for a nation whose soul seems cracked.

Marty Russo believes this.

The former Democratic congressman from Illinois was elected to Congress in 1974, fresh on the heels of Watergate and President Nixon’s resignation. It was a moment that left the country deeply divided.

But for all the contentiousness dividing Congress then, he recalled, stepping across the chalk line that spring and taking his position at third base in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Memorial Stadium — then home of the Baltimore Orioles — changed everything. In that moment, he was 12 again — when holding a baseball felt like the...

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