Play ball!

We won’t pretend to be especially excited about this year’s World Series—we’re not big fans of either the Cardinals or the Rangers—but you’ve got to respect any event that’s taken place on an annual basis for nearly a century.

As such, we thoroughly enjoyed—and we think you will, too—the New York Timesslideshow of 14 World Series program covers spanning the years 1911 through 2011. and we also recommend Ken Belson’s accompanying article, Get Your World Series Programs Here!, which explores the history of baseball programs and how they’ve changed over the years.

Whether you’re of the opinion that Albert Pujols is an all-time great, deserving of mention with names like Ruth, Cobb, Mayes, and Aaron, or you’re convinced that even the best players today just don’t stack up with the immortals, enjoy the Series and the fond memories it will almost certainly stir.