Baseball History

(Baseball) is considered to be an all-American sport. Whether you play on a team, you like to toss a ball around with friends, or you have a favorite professional team that you like to follow, baseball may be an important part of your summer. Baseball's history goes back hundreds of years and probably came from similar sports that were played in Romania, Russia, Germany, and other countries. Learning a bit about baseball history might make the game even more interesting and fun.

Baseball History

Anyone who loves baseball may have wondered where and how this game began. Common folklore says that Abner Doubleday invented baseball in the summer of 1839. However, researching Doubleday's life shows that he was actually attending West Point at this time, and historians disagree about whether Doubleday had any interest in the sport. Alexander Cartwright was more likely the person who wrote the first rules, and he created one of the first baseball teams, known as the Knickerbockers. The first recorded baseball game to be played in the United States happened on June 19, 1846, in New Jersey.

Iconic Baseball Players

Over the years, many baseball players have become famous for setting records on the field. Most people have heard the names of these baseball stars, like Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Joe Dimaggio, and Willie Mays. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, and he played most of his career as a center fielder for the New York Yankees. Jackie Robinson made history as the first black baseball player to play on a Major League Baseball team. Babe Ruth was a powerful hitter, becoming famous for setting many batting records with the New York Yankees.

Baseball Trivia

Baseball trivia is a fun part of the sport because there are lots of little-known facts about teams and players. For example, the Boston Americans, who would later be renamed the Red Sox, were the first team to win the World Series. After the Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919, the team would not succeed in winning another World Series for a whopping 86 years. Ty Cobb won the baseball Triple Crown in 1909 as the player with the highest batting average, home run numbers, and number of RBIs, but he never succeeded in hitting a baseball over the back fence for an out-of-the-park home run: He's actually the only home run champ who never hit a ball out of the park.

Rules of Baseball

Whether you play or watch baseball, you'll have to understand the rules to follow the action. Baseball teams include nine players, with six of them playing in the infield and three of them playing outfield positions. The teams take turns batting and fielding, with batters trying to hit the ball so they can run around the bases and get back home to score runs. The fielders try to stop the runners from moving to the bases and getting home to score. A baseball game includes nine innings unless the score is tied at the bottom of the ninth inning and the play goes into extra innings.