Physics Of Baseball

Decent Essays
Michael Kastberg
Physics period 7
Mrs. Ioannou
February 22, 2017

Physics in Baseball

The history of baseball can be traced back to the early 19th century when people played a baseball-like game with their own rules and homemade equipment. The earliest known mention of baseball in the United States was in 1791 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. An ordinance was declared that banned the playing of the game within 80 yards of the town meeting house. Even though baseball was mentioned back in 1791 it wasn't officially a sport until 1839 when a man named Abner Doubleday invented the game we know and love today as baseball in Cooperstown, New York.

Their are many ways in which the game of baseball has changed since its invention. Baseball started out as an amateur sport with a loose organization of rules. When the baseball league was created in 1876 it changed many of the rules that were associated with the original game. For example the league came up with the base-on-balls rule which changed from allowing a total of nine pitches per person to four
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For Newton's first law of motion which states that "every object remains at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force" is seen in both pitching and hitting. When the game is on going pitchers wait for a signal from the catcher before throwing. While they are waiting they hold the baseball in their glove or hand before throwing. Once they receive the signal they windup their arm and send the ball into motion down to home base. Pitchers uses Newton's first law of motion in order to throw fastballs, sliders, and curve balls. When you are up at bat you wait until the pitcher sets the ball in motion. Once the ball is in motion the hitter sets the bat in motion by swinging at the
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