The Symbolism Of Baseball In The 1920's

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It is undeniable that sports have a profound impact on society. Not only are sports a form of leisure, but in the 21st century sports have evolved into multi-billion dollar enterprises. The National Football League alone made 12 billion in revenue in 2015. Football is an American institution in the present but in the past it was Baseball that ruled American sports. Baseball is often referred to as America’s pastime, but it is much more than that. Baseball is a symbol of America, it is a game that reflects what it means to be American, and in many ways it tells the story of our country. From humble beginnings in Cooperstown, New York, through struggles and controversy in the early 20th century and culminating in the 1920’s when Baseball became essential to American life. Changes in sports tend to reflect changes in society; baseball being America’s pastime and part of the American identity is no exception. There is little doubt that baseball in American…show more content…
Doubleday is said to have invented the game in Cooperstown, New York in 1839. However, a New York City Doctor, Daniel L. Adams more than anyone else can be considered the father of baseball. Adams founded the New York Knickerbockers Baseball Club in 1845. New York City was a hotbed for baseball. So much so that by 1850 there were several clubs playing a game that closely resembles modern baseball. The popularity of the game grew quickly, among the New York City baseball clubs were prominent doctors, lawyers, businessman politicians and newspaper writers. No baseball team was more influential than the New York Knickerbockers. In the early days the club found it hard to supply enough bats and balls to keep up with their twice a week practices and occasional matches. Much like many of the inventors and innovators in American History, Adams himself made all of the bats and
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