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Discuss the evolution of American Baseball What has stayed the same and what has changed Baseball has been the prominent sport in American culture since the early 1800s The Evolution of baseball as a sport occurred through three main stages These three stages are the bat and ball game club based fraternal game and finally the emergence into a commercial spectator sport The first stage of baseball was the bat and ball game initiated in the 1830s While most sports during this time were for the sole purpose of entertaining the wealthy the commoners decided to construct a sport to play in their spare time With the growing support of the bat and ball game baseball fraternities were created Baseball fraternities were the outcome of voluntary association in an attempt to make baseball a national sport In 1845 the movement was lead by Alexander Cartwright a bank clerk gathered New York area ball players and formed a club called the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club The New York baseball fraternity was created for the sole purpose of an athletic and social organization The club elected officers held regular meeting and made bylaws that involved uniforms and regular playing rules While baseball was growing in club participation the press began to get more involved in the progression of the sport In the 1860s Henry Chadwick an area journalist edited the first annual guidebook to baseball which by the mid 1860s had a circulation of more than 65000 Not limited to the guidebook Chadwick also created the box score and the batting average both still in use today With the growing amount of clubs including the likes of the Young American Columbia Union Eagle American and National baseball soon became Americas national game Even though the fraternities and clubs flourished baseball was not a seen as a moneymaking opportunity Seeing baseball as a source of income
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