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History of Baseball

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Baseball is known as “the national pastime” because it became so popular in the United States. Baseball started with the game called rounders. It was the same as baseball except you had to hit the batter with the ball to get him out. They finally changed the rules after a group in New York came together in 1845. You now only have to tag the batter to get them out. Russia also had a game similar to baseball called Lapta. The History of Baseball is important, from Babe Ruth to Jackie Robinson and all they way to today’s time.
Baseball is very popular in the United States and across the world. Baseball can be played by anybody rather than football and basketball. The Cincinnati Red Stocking was the first professional team. They traveled across the world playing teams and they won 60 games without losing any. The first professional baseball league was created in 1871. Most of the teams were from the eastern United States. They were divided into the National and American league. It was close to what today’s game is like except back then they didn't have divisions or playoffs. The team with the best record in each league would be the winner of the pennant. The two winners would meet and play in the World Series. Whoever won four out of seven games would win the World Series. Finally, in 1950 western United States got teams.
Alexander Cartwright is credited with creating the rules for baseball. Cartwright played for the knickerbockers and his teammates helped him create some of the rules. Some rules are still being used today. The three strikes and three outs per inning, nine players on the field and 90 feet between bases are all still in use today. Abner Doubleday is credited with being the creator of baseball, but he never said he...

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...ose and Shoeless Joe Jackson would probably be in the Hall of Fame if it wasn’t for them being banned. There have been 306 individuals to be elected into the Hall of Fame. There are 240 players, 23 managers, 10 umpires, and 33 executives in the Hall of Fame.
Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and others are very important to the history of baseball. Baseball is one of the three main sports, including football and basketball. It is the great American pastime. In the Civil War, the North and south would play a game of baseball after a tough day at war. Jackie Robinson’s crossing the color line in 1947 opened baseball to other African-Americans, but he also opened African-Americans to be able to play football, basketball, and other sports. Baseball is a sport where you must have fun with the game. Baseball will always be remembered in America because it was so popular here. 
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