The Origin of Baseball The Origin of Baseball

The Origin of Baseball

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Virtually everything has a genesis, and so is the great game of baseball. This great game is thought to have originated in England as a game known as ‘rounders’. Rounders later gained its popularity in the United States in the 1800s. Other names accorded to the game include base, roundball, townball, and goalball among others.  The game was invented by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, although there have been some controversies by historians. As documented, the game had rules that were first written by Shane Ryley for Knickknocker’s team in Manhattan.  Modern baseball has two major leagues, the National League and the American League.

Crucial dates

In 1845, baseball rules were made formal by Alexander Cartwright. Eventually, the first game was recorded in 1846. Cartwright’s Knickknocker’s lost to the New York Baseball Club at Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1858, the first National Baseball Association of baseball players was formed and it became the first amateur baseball league. However, in 1860s civil war disrupted the teams, but the soldiers who had played introduced the game to other areas of the country.   In 1868, a comeback was experienced with a 100 team representation at the annual convention. In 1869, there was the first professional team with players under pay – the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1871 the National Association became the first professional baseball league which was replaced by the National league led by businessmen in 1875. In 1882, a rival league was formed – the American Association while the Union Association closed in 1884 due to financial difficulties. In 1903, the first World Series was played and in 1911, a ball with a cork center was introduced to help ease the way for batters.

Some of the notable players

George Babe Ruth is one of the most outstanding home-run hitters that baseball has ever had. Hank Aaron is another great baseball player; a prolific home-run hitter. Jackie Robinson became the first African American baseball player to cross the lines of segregation. Lou Gehrig is known as the ‘The Iron Horse.’ He took part in 2130 games and won a triple crown in 1934.

Some notable games    

The highest combined scores in major League history was recorded in 1922 and in 1932, and Babe Ruth called his center field home run hit for the very next pitch.  In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a walk-off home run leading the Giants to victory over Dodgers. This is what is referred to as ‘shot heard’ all over the world.

In conclusion, irrespective of the controversies that exist among historians on the origin of baseball, the game’s consistency and history accords it a ‘must watch game’ title. You can choose to make baseball one of your favorite sports. It’s certainly a favorite of ours. Click here for more blogs http://followthrubat.com/.

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