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Baseball The Sport at the Turn of the Century The legendary sport of baseball what a fun pastime and great activity But where did it all start Who came up with this great game What were the peoples names that shaped what we know as baseball today To call baseball just a sport would be an understatement The history of this great sport is almost as good as the game itself Baseball has been providing spectators and participants with fun and excitement for more than one hundred and fifty years Ritter On June 19 1846 in Hoboken New Jersey the first game resembling baseball as we know it today was played The New York Knickerbockers lost to the New York Nine on that day 23-1 Alexander J Cartwright a surveyor and an amateur athlete drew up the rules for the game to be played by Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball It was Alexander Cartwright not Abner Doubleday who first laid out the present dimensions of the playing field and established the basic rules of the game Ritter The first Professional baseball team was the Cincinnati Red Stockings who toured the country in 1869 and didnt lose a single game all year Baseball began to attract so many fans that in 1876 the National league was organized-the same National league that still exists today Ritter 3 The game although played in 1876 was distinguishable from all other sports at the time For example pitchers had to throw underhand the way they do in softball The batter had the option to choose whether the ball was to be thrown high or low it took a whopping nine balls instead of the usual four to get a batter on base from balls and the pitching distance was only 45 feet to home plate The rules were gradually changed over the following 20 years until by about 1900 the game was more or less the
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