In the first chapter of his 1975 book SportsWorld

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In the first chapter of his 1975 book  SportsWorld,  which considers the role of sports in American  culture, Lipsyte points out that he did not even attend his first major league baseball game until he  was thirteen years old, despite the fact that there were three major league teams in New York: the  Yankees, the Giants, and the Dodgers. Lipsyte says he was "profoundly disappointed" with the  experience and went to only one more game "as a paying customer." His third major league game  was as a sports reporter for the  New York Times. As a boy, Lipsyte did play Chinese handball against the sides of brick buildings and participated in  street games such as stickball, but he felt pressured by society to be good at sports. This experience  later developed into a major theme in some of Lipsyte's nonfiction works such as  SportsWorld  and  novels like 
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