FC: The History of Baseball | Shaheer jawed
1: No one is exactly sure how baseball started, but it seems to have its roots in the English game called "rounders"or "four old cats" | But a lot of people think that baseball started when a group in New York city got together in 1845 to regulate the rules of baseball. Therefore many baseball teams were formed in New York and Brooklyn.
2: Baseball is the sport that evokes more nostalgia among Americans than any other sport | people of average height and weight. | So many people ply this game as children that it has become as "The national pastime. | Unlike football and basketball, baseball can be played well by
3: Baseball came of age in 1920s, When Babe Ruth (1895-1948) led the New York Yankees to several world series titles and became a national hero because of his strength of his home runs. One of the most noteworthy Baseball player was The Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) a gifted and courageous athlete.
4: Baseball originated before the American Civil War (1861-1865) as rounders,a humble game played on sandlots.Early champions of the game fine turned to include the kind of skills and mental judgment that made cricket respectable in England.
5: In 1871 the first Professional baseball league was born. By the beginning of the 20th century, most large cities in the eastern United states had a professional baseball team. The teams were divided into two leagues, the National and American; during the regular season, a team played only against other teams within its league. The most victorious team in each league was said to have won the 'pennant'.
6: The two pennant winners met after the end of the regular season in the World Series. The winner of at least four games ( out of possible seven) was the champion for that year. This arrangement still holds today, although the leagues are now subdivided and pennants are decided in post-season series between the winners of each division.
7: Starting in the 1950s, baseball expanded its geographical range. Western cities got teams, either by luring them to move from eastern cities or by forming so-called expansion teams with players made available by established teams.
8: It is generally agreed that baseball was introduced in Japan by an American professor in the 1870s and from then until the 1930s, the university baseball leagues dominated Japanese baseball. Professional Japanese baseball began in the 1930s with the formation of the Japan professional Baseball league.
9: In the 1990s a Japanese player,Hidoe Nomo, became a star pitcher for the Los Angeles Dogers. | In the 1996 Olympics, it was a measure of baseballs appeal outside the united states that the contest for the gold medal came down to Japan and Cuba.
10: 1869:First professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings were explicitly remunerated for the first time. | 1871: The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established as the first professional baseball league. | 1876: Over 3000 enthusiasts watched the hometown Philadelphia Athletics lose to Boston Red in the first National League game ever played. | 878: The Captain of Harvard University Baseball Club Frederick Thayer received a patent for baseball catcher mask
11: Many professional and amateur players contribute to the vast baseball history. Every chapter in baseball history leads to interesting event that helped with development of modern-day systematic baseball. By any name, baseball has been a game that sets stars in the eyes of sport lovers since decades.
12: n 1888, the Chicago Baseball club introduced the game to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, North Africa and Egypt by playing the game for a large audience. Legendary, though not generally believed, date of the codification of the first rules of baseball by Abner (1839)
13: A popular myth believes that Abner Doubleday set up the basic rules of baseball way back in 1839. Alexander Cartwright is said to codify baseball rules with his New York Knickerbockers. A book called Baseball by Alexander and a documentary based upon it by filmmaker Ken Burns suggests that it was Alexander who first codified the game rules.
14: In 2002 Giant P.A. announcer Rene Brooks-Moon becomes the first woman to announce a World Series. Her scorecard from Game 4 is being sent the Hall of Fame.
15: In Game 4 of the Fall Classic, Alex Gonzalez's solo home run off Jeff Weaver in the bottom of the 12th gives the Marlins a 4-3 victory over New York, and ties the series at two games apiece. The loss ends the Yankees' extra-inning World Series game winning streak at seven.
16: In 2007 Dave Trembley, who became the Orioles' interim manager in June, has his contract extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009. Since his horrific first game as skipper, losing to the Rangers 30-3, the team has a winning record and has not lost more than three in a row.
17: In 2007 Tony La Russa agrees to a two-year contract to continue as the Cardinals manager. During his 12-year tenure in St. Louis, the 63-year-old skipper has compiled a 1,055-887 (.543) record which include six Central Division championships, two NL pennants and one World Series Championship.
19: For only the third time in World Series history, and the first since 1970, both starting pitchers in Game 1 are under the age of 25. Cole Hamels, the 24-year old left-hander, gets the victory when the Phillies beat the Rays and their 24-year old southpaw Scott Kazmir at Tropicana Field, 3-2.
20: Source factmonster.com/ipka/A0875086.html www.historyofbaseball.us baseballhall.org/museum/experience/history sports-ak.espn.go.com/mil/ http://www.mlb.com/mlb/history/mlb_history_halloffame.jsp