Facts About the History of Baseball

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017
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Baseball, also known as America’s “national pastime,” is one of the most popular and one of the oldest sport played in the United States. It is known to have a high tradition which adds to it being one of the most popular games which have not yet lost its charm to this day; it is said to have developed in the 1800s. It is a highly competitive sport, played with a hard ball and a bat, and it plays between two teams, each with nine players. Even if one does not represent the sport, it is highly likely that they at least watch it on their television or listen to it on their radios.   

The fair territory, which is the playing area, is made up of an infield and an outfield. Anything beyond the appropriate region is considered foul territory. The field shapes like a diamond with four bases on its corners and each of these stations is 90 feet apart from each other. The first, second, and the third base is are in the shape of a perfect square which is made up of a canvas. However, the fourth support or the home plate is in the form of a pentagon, which is made of rubber. The pitcher’s mound is always in the middle of the infield, which places 60 feet and six inches away from the home plate.  

The baselines run from the home plate to the first base, and from the home plate to the third base, and any ball that hits inside of these baselines are in fair play. Similarly, any hit outside of these benchmarks is considered to be in foul territory. Placed outside of both first and third baselines are shelter which referred to as dugouts. The players that are not playing in the field are the ones who stay in the caves. A baseball team has nine players, and each player has a particular position from where they play. The pitcher is the one who starts the game by throwing the ball from the pitcher’s mound to the home plate, where the player who hits the ball position. The player posted at the home plate hits the shot to the player who catches the ball and then returns it to the pitcher, at the mound. The player who catches the ball has the responsibility to protect the home plate from scoring runners. The first, second, third basemen along with the shortstop occupy the infield, and they bear the responsibility to put runners out. In a traditional baseball game, the game divides into nine innings, and the team with the most amounts of scored runs at the end of the ninth inning are the winning team.  

The history of baseball is one that is quite interesting. It can be traced back to the 18th century when some people would gather to play a game that was quite similar to baseball. They would play the game with their own set of informal rules. The sport gradually gained a lot of popularity in the 1860s, which led to the establishment of many national baseball clubs. According to many reports, baseball as a sport first mentioned in the United States in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1971. Interestingly, Henry Chadwick, a British sportswriter published an article in 1903, stating that the sport was similar and perhaps drawn from the British game known as Rounders. However, a baseball executive named Albert Spalding disagreed with Chadwick’s statement and claimed that baseball in fact founded in America. The argument gained a lot of attention which lead to a commission being set up to resolve the matter, and it concluded after three years that Abner Doubleday, who is regarded as the father of baseball now, was the one who had invented the sport. Doubleday was declared the father of baseball nearly fifteen years after his death.  

The first ever officially known club to play baseball using the new rules, which is now the standard and set rules, were the New York Knickerbockers. The team was given impetus in the year 1845 in New York City and recognized as a social group for upper middle classes. The club of the Knickerbockers formulated the rules for the sport which later became the foundational rules, which are used to play the game even today. One only significant change made to the traditional standards, in the modern times is the dropping of the bound, which is the rule that requires for the bases to be 90 feet apart.  

The first ever recorded the competitive game that took place is said to have been in Hoboken, in New Jersey in 1846. The game played between the Knickerbockers and the New York Nine. The Knickerbockers lost the game to New York Nine by a score of 23 to 1. The rules established by the Knickerbockers were the ones that were adopted and used by many next succeeding teams in the New York area. The Knickerbockers, along with sixteen other clubs from New York, established the National Association of Baseball Players, in the year 1857. The National Association of Baseball  Players became the first ever association which lead to the growth of baseball as a sport, and to even undertake the task of setting up a championship. The most popular and prominent professional clubs during the time of the National Association of Baseball Players was Cincinnati Red Stockings from Ohio; the club lasted for only two years after which the Boston Red Stockings and Boston Base Ball Club founded, in the year 1871. During the Civil War, soldiers from all around the United States played baseball, which gave rise to the more unified version of the sport. The ball becomes a sport was loved and celebrated, and that stands true to even this day, with more and more people participating and enjoying the game. It is not hard to see why it is known as the “national pastime” in all of America.    

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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