• This article appeared in the journal American Studies, 32.1 (Spring 1991): 85-100. The article examines a poetics of the mathematically sublime as it relates to the design and play of the American game of baseball. There is some commentary on literature and cultural sudies as well as the history and rules of baseball. There is no DOI for the article, and it appeared long before the more recent material from American Studies which is now housed on Project Muse.