National Pastime(s)

20 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2014 Last revised: 6 Nov 2014

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Tom C. W. Lin

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Date Written: September 29, 2014


In his new book, Baseball as a Road to God, New York University President and Professor of Law John Sexton submits that baseball can serve as a vehicle for living a more conscious life that elevates the human experience for lawyers and non-lawyers. This Essay examines the credibility of the book’s thesis in a world where human intelligence, human deliberation, and human action is being replaced by artificial intelligence, mathematical models, and mechanical automation. It uses the preeminent national pastime of baseball, and the less eminent pastimes of law and finance as case studies for the book’s thesis. It concludes that a more conscious and meaningful life is much harder to foster, but also much more important to cultivate in light of modern advances. This Essay ultimately offers a different narrative for lawyers and non-lawyers to think anew about modern law and society in light of ongoing changes in baseball, law, finance, and beyond.

Keywords: baseball, finance, law and religion, legal practice, financial regulation, law and technology, artificial intelligence, high frequency trading, algorithmic trading, rules and standards

Suggested Citation

Lin, Tom C. W., National Pastime(s) (September 29, 2014). Boston College Law Review, Vol. 55, No. 1197, 2014; Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-42. Available at SSRN:

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