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BALTIMORE — No vendors will be selling peanuts or Cracker Jack. No one will be there to root, root, root for the home team — or any team.

The old ballgame won’t be anything like the song when the Baltimore Orioles host the Chicago White Sox Wednesday in what is believed to be the first held behind closed doors in the 145-year history of the major leagues.

A wave of looting and rioting around Camden Yards forced the postponement of the first two games of the series and caused the Baltimore mayor to impose a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew.

On the most recent episode of HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Chris Rock talked about the loneliness of being a black baseball fan in 2015, at a time when fewer than 10 percent of baseball's players and fans are black.

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