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Baseball has been providing us with fun and excitement for more than a hundred and fifty years The first game resembling baseball as we know it today was played in Hoboken New Jersey on June 19 1846 The New York Nine beat the New York Knickerbokers that day 23-1 The game was played according to rules drawn up by Alexander J Cartwright A surveyer and amateur athleteIt is a myth that Abner Doubleday1 invented baseball It was Alexander Cartwright not Abner Doubleday who first laid out the present dimensions of the playing fieldand established the basic rules of the game The first Professional baseball team was the CincinnatiRed Stockings who toured the country in 1869 and didntlose a game all year Baseball began to attract so many fans that in 1876 the National league was organized-thesame National league that still exists today Although the game was played in 1876 it wasrecognizable as baseball-nobody would confuse it with football or basketball-it was quite a bit different from baseball as we know it now For example pitchers had to throw underhand the way they still do in softballthe batter could request the pitcher to throw a high or lowpitch it took nine balls rather than four for a batter to get a base on balls and the pitching distance was olny 45 The rules were gradually changed over the following 20years until by about 1900 the game was more or less the same as it is today In 1884 the pitchers were permittedto throw overhand in 1887 the batter was no longer allowed to request a highor low pitch by 1889it took only four balls to get a batter to a base on ballsthe pitching distance was legthened to sixty- And since that day in 1846 There have been many greats to make up the game baseball such as Ty Cobb who was born in a small town
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