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 ...view middle of the document...
They all are similar to baseball with some exceptions to the rules.
The most popular player in the history of baseball is probably Babe Ruth. He won several titles with the New York Yankees. Most people think of his long home runs when he is mentioned. He is considered the greatest player in the history of the game. Before he hit all the long home runs, he was one of the greatest pitchers. He was too valuable as a hitter to be a pitcher. So he only pitched once with the Yankees. He hit 714 in his career, a record that stood forever. He was elected into the Hall of Fame on February 2, 1936. He has set hundreds of records.
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues. On April 15, 1947, he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. After he had become the first black man to play in the Major Leagues, it ended racial segregation. Before Jackie played in the Majors, African Americans had to play in Negro leagues. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1947 and he also won the Most Valuable Player in 1949. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. His jersey was retired across every Major League team. He was the first pro athlete in any sport to be honored. April 15 is “Jackie Robinson Day,”
where every player on every team wears the number 42. This started on April 15, 2004. He was also the first black vice president of Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson changed baseball history by playing baseball.
The All-Star Game is where all the great players in that year get to play against each other. The first All-Star Game was on July 6, 1933, during the Great Depression. All-Star teams are selected by the fans choosing the team’s starters and the managers chose the remaining players. They added a new rule in 2003. The winning league would receive a home-field advantage for that year’s World Series. In 1959-1962, they played 2 All-Star games each year.
Baseball is also popular in other parts of the world. Most players from Japan and Cuba have came to play in the United States. The Most famous Japanese player to come to play in the United States is Hideo Nomo. In 1995, he played...