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Title Page Page 1Table of Contents Page 2Paper Begins Page 3Work Cited Page 8A childs game played with a wooden bat and a small white ball is our national pastime Baseball has climbed from being played by children in their backyards on Sunday afternoons to becoming a multimillion dollar corporation over the last hundred yearsBaseball as we know it first came into existence in Cooperstown New York in 1939 as Major General Abner Doubleday created the first baseball field The first recorded match was played at Elysien Fields in Hoboken New Jersey on June 19 1846 The game was played between the New York Nine and the Cartwrights New York Nickerbockers The New York Nine lost 23 - 1In 19158 the National Association of Baseball was first organized This made the sport and its rules more uniform Popularity of baseball grew throughout the 1850s and 1860s Baseball was even played by soldiers during the Civil War In the Spring of 1869 the first professional baseball team was organized Its name was the Cincinnati Red Stockings During the 1869 season they traveled 2000 miles throughout the northeast and west playing other ball clubs During their 1969 tour they played fifty-six ball gamesIn 1871 the National Association of Professional Baseball was created This league occupied eleven cities and the cost to join was 1000 The first major league game took place on May 4 1871 between the Forest City Club of Cleveland and the Kekionges Club of Fort Wayne Fort Wayne won with a score of 2 - 01876 was a huge year for professional baseball The National League was formed by William Hulbert The league began its inaugural season in the spring of 1876 In their first year teams played a seventy game schedule In the beginning the league started with only eight teamsIn 1881 a rival league to the National league came into existence It was called the American League They
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