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Baseball Then and Now The game of baseball has now become beyond question the leading feature of the outdoor sports of the United StatesIt is a game which is peculiarly suited to the American temperament and disposition in short the pastime suits the people and the people suit the pastimeCharles Peverelly 1866 Although baseball is still Americas favorite pastime the way it is played has changed greatly since its founding in the 1800s Baseball was originally created so there would be something the boys could do to keep busy during the summer months Now baseball has changed greatly because of technological and technique advancements rule alterations and the commercialization of the game Since its origination in the mid 1800s baseball has undergone many changes and advancements in technology and technique When it was first played there was no such thing as a glove used to help catch the ball The fielders would play bare-handed making line drives automatic hits and ground balls even harder to handle The bat has undergone many changes as well Batters used to hit the ball with a bat that had a flat side This was comparable to a cricket paddle except slightly longer and slimmer Now players of any age or level use bats that are cylinder shaped with a slightly wider section on the end In the 1800s the general public was not as safety oriented as is todays society This is shown by the complete lack of helmets worn by players in the mid 1800s Now helmets are required by rule to be worn by the batter when he is hitting Helmets are made of a highly durable shock absorbent outer shell with soft interior padding for comfort Other advances were demonstrated by the change in pitching style and technique The first pitchers threw two kinds of pitches a high pitch and a low pitch Then they added outside and inside pitches After that change ups
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