The Geography of Baseball

Julia Sircar

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.

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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