History Of Baseball The National Pastime

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Aaron McCollum
English 11
Miss Steiner
Mr. Hendershot
March 25, 2014

Baseball: The National Pastime

Baseball: The National Pastime
Sitting by your dad, baseball glove in hand, the smell of hotdogs in the air, the best player up to bat with the crowd going wild. For many people this image signifies one of the best aspects of American Culture, which is the sport of baseball. Its not just a game between two teams, rather it combines additional elements that go beyond the sport itself. Throughout the years, many historic events and people paved the way to what baseball is today. Baseball is considered America’s pastime because it rebounded from the despair of the WWI era, it welcomed all players worldwide no matter their ethnicity, and the sport through the years has grown many new fans.
What is this sport called baseball? It is a challenging game. There are two teams of twenty five players. The two teams square off for nine innings. There are also nine players for each team on the field at a time. Each team gets a half of an inning to bat and field. While hitting the teams tries to get as many run as they can to win the game. While fielding the team tries to get three outs. To get an out you have to catch the ball, field the ball and throw it to first base or tag the guy, or strike him out while pitching. There are now at this time 30 teams in Major League Baseball. They are divided into the American and National Leagues. Those leagues are then divided into the NL and AL East, NL and AL Central, NL and AL West.
The World War One era was a down time for the United States. Countless fathers, sons, and brothers lost their lives in a pointless war. As the society at large was taking a step back, s...

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...lay baseball, but they wanted more. They wanted the thrill of playing in the Majors. In 1947 Jackie was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He became their second baseman. In his first game he became known as the first black man to play with the whites. He had an excellent career with the Dodgers. Other Black men and Team Managers saw him have this success so they agreed on contracts. Soon swarms of African Americans were playing baseball. Many years later other races started playing baseball. Now Major League baseball accepts any race or ethnicity. If Jackie Robertson would have never been signed by the Dodgers what would have happened? Half the hall of fame would be gone. This one man actually helped segregation not only in baseball but the United States as a whole (Baseball). With more people able to play and come to the ballpark fan growth skyrocketed.
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