"Baseball has a name for the player who, in the eyes of his peers, is well attuned to the demands of his discipline; he is called 'a gamer.' The gamer does not drool, or pant, before the cry of 'Play ball.' Quite the opposite. He is the player, like George Brett or Pete Rose, who is neither too intense, nor too lax, neither lulled into carelessness in a dull August doubleheader nor wired too tight in an October playoff game. The gamer may scream and curse when his mates show the first hints of laziness, but he makes jokes and laughs naturally in the seventh game of the Series."

Tom Boswell

[Photograph by Vivian Maier]