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A big milestone

I rarely digress from economics and economic policy in this blog, but very few people live to be 100 years old. My grandfather, Fred Hannsgen, recently enjoyed a birthday gift of a major league baseball game with relatives, including my parents.  It was a very rare treat for all, including Grandpa, a serious fan and childhood stickball player and my cousin Sam, who is involved in the videoing of sporting events as a vocation. While I was busy teaching here in the East and unable to be at the event, I recently enjoyed seeing this picture of the scoreboard tribute at AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, and hearing that it went well. Below the scoreboard are fans enjoying the game from the bleachers, along with the Bay air and perhaps some garlic fries. Above, a famous clock shows that the game took place in the afternoon. My mother, in white, can be seen to the left of my grandfather in the huge scoreboard image itself. The “new” ballpark was built in the late 1990s and early 2000s with private funds, though the new park benefited from a tax abatement, according to its wikipedia entry. A wider-angle picture showing more of the surrounding ballpark scene can be found here. The event took place on April 10. I also want to wish my grandfather “Happy Birthday” myself. Happy 100th, Grandpa, from!

Photo by R. Redmond-Kadera


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