If you go back and look at old newspapers, one of the biggest changes that you'll see is in sportswriting. The stories are full of gridders and cagers. The bases aren't merely loaded, they are Full of Bostons (FOB's).
It took a long time for people to realize that the department with the worst writing in the paper had turned into the one with some of the best. Even so, it's fun to turn back the clock once in a while.
Which is why this article from Deadspin, an account of Sunday's game between the Red Sox and Cardinals, is fun to read.