The Geography of Baseball
Cultural Hearth of Baseball
- "Base Ball," "Stool Ball," and "Round Ball" were English folk culture games from hundreds of years ago.
- Three strikes = One out
- The Myth of Abner Doubleday: 1839, Cooperstown, New York.
- Alexander Cartwright, "The Father of Baseball" - first to publish official rules.
- New rule: being hit by the ball while on base does not justify an out.
Diffusion of Baseball Across the United States
- Diffusion took off during the Civil War.
- First Professional Team: Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1869.
- National Baseball Association
- The Red Stockings later moved to Boston... can you guess what team they are now?
- 1900: Formation of the American League.
- 1903: Creation of National Baseball Commission and Major League Baseball.
- 1903: First World Series - Boston vs. Pittsburgh.
Globalization of Baseball Across the World
- Baseball is part of pop culture nowadays in Japan and many countries in Europe and Latin America.
- Baseball World Cup, est. 1938. Cuba has the most World Cup wins
- World Baseball Classic since 2006. Pro players from many different countries.
- Olympic Baseball: 1912-2008. IOC removed it because not enough countries were involved and the MLB refused to have a break in their season to allow players to participate.
Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel
First Indian-born MLB players. Signed to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.
Persian-Japanese pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
Panama-born pitcher for the New York Yankees.
Acculturation of Baseball in Cuba and the Dominican Republic
- Big part of culture in Dominican Republic, Cuba and Panama.
- Many MLB Players were born and trained in Latin American LDCs.
- Major pull factor for young men to migrate to the United States.
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