40 million people tuned in to watch game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. It was arguably one of the best final games ever seen in the history of baseball–only the game was ruined, for some, by the appearance of the Klu Klux Klan.

Or so it seemed. There, in the top of the 8th inning, as Cleveland tried to stop the freight-train like momentum of the Cubs, some white supremacist ruined America’s game by hanging a KKK sign from the railing–and it made it onto television!

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The twitter universe exploded.

Baseball scholars may be surprised by the outrage. After all, the “KKK” sign had been slow to appear. At first it was just one “K.” That could have meant anything. Kellogg, perhaps. Or perhaps it was a chemist fond of potassium.

But then a second “K” appeared beside the first, and it seemed like the nefarious racist was slowly building courage to hang that last “K” and bring shame to what was a proud American moment.

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Actually, the “K” is much less controversial. The K is the symbol used by score keepers and statisticians to denote a strikeout. So as the Cleveland pitching staff blew past Cubs hitters, fans hung up the signs.

When a batter goes down swinging, he gets a K. If he is called out on strikes, the K is written backwards. It isn’t clear when the K first came into use, though the game of baseball is older than the Klu Klux Klan.

Check out the video below, and you’ll see for yourself. But keep your eyes peeled, or you’ll miss it altogether. It isn’t much more than a blip on the screen. Almost all of the original posts were deleted by the scholars who had opined about racism, but the impact of their idiocy will last as a footnote to a great game.

About Jackson Ford

Jackson Ford is not a car dealership in Mississippi. Actually it is a car dealership in Mississippi, but this isn’t that Jackson Ford. This JF is a proud American, and he drives a Chevy.