As I sat and watched the college world series this weekend I began to wonder about baseball and several questions came to mind: where did we get the game of baseball? Who should we give credit to for the formation of the game we see today?
How has it withstood the tests of wartime? And what helped this game thrive to what it is today, the nation’s pastime?
Baseball grew out of various ball and stick games that had been played throughout the United States during the first half of the 19th century. It was a game that was played in small towns to big cities, people of all ages played and of all social classes. Common laborers would play with bank presidents and doctors. During the Civil War both Yankee and Rebel soldiers would play this beloved pastime when fighting ceased for a while. “ For Americans, baseball was their game, a sport that had links to British games such as cricket and rounders but gad been adapted by colonists into their own.” Nemec, (6).
The most common early version was called town ball. There were no foul lines or fixed positions, and infielders had to hit the baserunner with the ball to get him/her out. In 1845 a group of local Manhattan men led by Alexander Cartwright formed the New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club. This group was the first to lay out foul lines on the baseball diamond and rules like three strikes to a batter. On June 19. 1846 the Knickerbockers played the first known organized baseball game in a 23 to 1 loss to the New York Base Ball Club on Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. The game seemed to spread rapidly after this and in a decade there were approximately 50 teams and the New York Mercury identified baseball as the National Pastime.
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...l of these things helped the game of baseball thrive and bring it to what it is today, but there would never had been the push for these rules and magazines if it hadn’t been for the spirit of the game. I have played this game for a long time and I do believe it has a spirit. Baseball lets you forget all your troubles, it teaches you about life, and most of all it is a game that we can call ours and be proud to say that it is our national pastime.
So in conclusion I hope I have informed you of why this is such a great game and how it has captured America. Baseball was started by not just one man but a nation that took it in and developed it into the game we know today. So I hope you can understand that baseball is not just a game it is much more to a lot of people, and how quickly it was picked up by America proves that it is much more to a lot of people.
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