Bob Faw, for PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly features New York University president John Sexton, who teaches a class at NYU connecting baseball and spirituality:
SEXTON: The similarities between baseball and religion abound. The ballpark as cathedral; saints and sinners; the curses and blessings. But then what I’m arguing is beyond that surface level, there’s a fundamental similarity between baseball and religion which goes to the capacity of baseball to cause human beings, in a context they don’t think of as religious, to break the plane of ordinary existence into the plane of extraordinary existence.
The article includes video and an excerpt or Sexton’s book BASEBALL AS A ROAD TO GOD: SEEING BEYOND THE GAME.