History Of Baseball

Baseball has its origins from an English game known as ‘rounders’. This game however became very popular in the 19th century England. In other words it can also be said that the history of baseball actually began when the game of “rounders” was first played in America, where it was referred to as “townball,” “baseball,” or simply “base.” However, the first milestone in the history of baseball came about in the mid-nineteenth century. It is believe that, Alexander Cartwright is the one who invented the game of baseball in 1845. Cartwright’s New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club was the first organized ball team in the origin of baseball. Cartwright even developed the “Knickerbocker Rules” of baseball, which were later adopted as standard by the growing sports league.

In the baseball history, the first game was played in 1846 between the Knickerbockers and the nine-man New York Baseball Club. At first there were only two sets of baseball rules, which is known as the New York rules (Knickerbocker) and the Massachusetts rules. However, the Massachusetts variations were eventually discarded. The first organized baseball league was founded in the year1857.Along with fifteen other teams; the Knickerbockers formed the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) and established the first championship games. League membership grew to nearly 100 clubs by 1865, and in two short years there were more than 400 clubs enrolled in the NABBP.

By 1860, baseball became the national pastime of United States Of America. Another essential point in the origin of baseball was in the year 1870, when a division was introduced between professional baseball players and amateur baseball players, leading to the foundation of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. Later, the name was changed to the National League of Professional Base Ball Players as the amateur clubs drifted from the baseball scene, and this became the National League that operates today. However, in the late 20th century, different famous fields were built for the game of baseball.

1920 was a hallmark in the baseball history. This year brings with a single rule, and a single player. The rule, however was enacted by the National League, outlawed meddling with the ball, which terminated pitcher tricks such as spitballs, shine balls, and other methods of producing unnatural baseball flight. Discolored balls, which were harder for players to see, were also banned. The Baseball Hall Of Fame was instituted in 1936 with the election of five players. Moreover, 1950’s, baseball’s first television appearance upraised the sport’s popularity, giving baseball a momentous shove to the pariah status it enjoys today.

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