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Anthropologist’s book explores why we love sports
“The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game” begins with a question from a 7-year-old. anthropologist John Fox is playing a game of catch with his son when young Aidan asks, “Why do we play ball, anyway?” This sets Fox off on an odyssey to seeking fun, insights, and a break from the scandal and big money that engulfs professional sports today. Along the way, Fox explores the Native American origins of lacrosse and studies ancient ball courts in Mexico.