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A Look Back At The History Of Baseball – America’s Favourite Pastime


In this article we will take a quick look over the history of baseball, one of the most popular sports in the US. Basically, the sport involves two teams each made up of 9 players.


A pitcher throws a ball at the batter who then hits the ball with a bat. It is up to the fielding team to try and catch the ball and preventing the batter from running around a number of markers called bases. If the batter gets around all 4 markers then a run is scored. Or if the ball is hit out of the stadium, it is called a home run.


A team called the Cincinnati Red Stockings was the first established professional baseball club. As the game grew in popularity, the media referred to it has the nation’s favourite pastime in the 1860’s. The American Baseball League was then founded in 1901. The game then really took off in the 1920s with Babe Ruth, possibly the most famous player of all time, giving the game an excellent reputation among sporting fans worldwide.


Over the years baseball has spread all around the world. Canada was the first country to also take an interest, followed by Cuba and other countries such as Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico. After World War 2, more and more countries had started to become interested.


There are many competitive tournaments that include baseball, including the Olympic games, Baseball World Cup, World Baseball Classic, etc. These are held by the International Baseball Federation, which was formed in 1938. The IOC has voted that baseball and softball tournaments won't be a part of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games preceding. This is because there is a lack of good participation because of the seasonal restriction. Summer is the time of year that baseball is played and the American baseball league does not allow players to take time off and compete in other competitions. This is largely due to the demands of fans to have their home players available to go and watch all summer.

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