Essay on The Origin of Baseball

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The Origin of Baseball There is often disagreement about the origin of baseball. For more than 90 years, people have believed in the myth that Abner Doubleday invented baseball. Baseball developed slowly, and changed with time, and that is why it is called America's national pastime. Some believe it was a popular game from England where milkmaids and farmer hands would toss a softball underhand and hit it with a closed fist. Others even say it was evolved from cricket. From 1905-07, a special investigation was done to find the beginning of baseball. An old man, claiming to be one of Abner Doubleday's childhood's friend, swore that he invented baseball in 1839, in Cooperstown, New York (Stewart 5). The fact of the matter is Doubleday…show more content…
In New York City, a group of young men decided to make the game of rounders more suitable for adults. There have been records that indicate the game called "base ball" was played in what is now considered to be lower midtown Manhattan in 1842. On September 23, 1845, the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club- baseball's first "team"- was formed in New York City. There was no other baseball club that was more influential than the Knickerbockers. Its founder was a bank clerk named Alexander J. Cartwright, and the co-founder, Dr. Daniel Adams. The Knickerbockers adopted baseball's first uniform, which consisted of blue pants, white shirts and straw hats. Cartwright and Adams were responsible for coming up with some of the rules of baseball, although they have been changed. November 18, 1853 there was a meeting held to decide who should be on the committee to make all the rules. Dr. Adams, Abraham Tucker, and Duncan Curry were among the ones that were chosen (Stewart, 6-7). They made up 17 rules, which were: the bases should be home, to second base, 42 paces; and from first to third base, 42 paces, halfway; and from home to pitcher not less than 15 paces. The game is to consist of 21 counts or aces, but at the end an equal number of hands must be played. The ball must be pitched to the bat. A ball knocked outside the range of the first or third base is foul. Three balls being struck at and missed, and the last one caught, is a hand out; if not caught considered fair and

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