Baseball Throughout History

By: Matt McCoy

The Dead-Ball Era: 1900 to 1930

At this time the games tended to be low scoring, dominated by such pitchers as Walter Johnson, Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, and Grover Cleveland Alexander to the extent that the period 1900–1919 is commonly called the "Dead-ball era"


America was booming during this time period experiencing the roaring 20s this is when the economy was was booming and everyone had money and everyone was happy.

Babe Ruth and the End of the Dead-Ball Era: 1930 To 1941

America during this time was going through the worst depression to ever happen to this country also known as the Great Depression


t was not the Black Sox scandal by which an end was put to the dead-ball era, but by a rule change and a single player. Some of the increased offensive output can be explained by the 1920 rule change outlawing tampering with the ball, which pitchers had often done to produce "spitballs", "shine balls" and other trick pitches which had 'unnatural' flight through the air. Umpires were also required to put new balls into play whenever the current ball became scuffed or discolored. This rule change was enforced all the more stringently following the death of Ray Chapman who was struck in the temple by a pitched ball from Carl Mays in a game on August 16, 1920 (he died the next day).

The war years: 1941 To 1946

America during this time was entering World War 2. But as you read bellow you'll see that baseball was still being played back in america.


The beginning of US involvement in World War II necessitated depriving the game of many players who joined the armed forces, but the major leagues continued play throughout the duration. In 1941, a year which saw the premature death of Lou Gehrig, Boston's great left fielder Ted Williams had a batting average over .400 – the last time anyone has achieved that feat. During the same season Joe Dimaggio hit successfully in 56 consecutive games, an accomplishment both unprecedented and unequaled. Both Williams and DiMaggio would miss playing time in the services,
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Racial Integration in Baseball

During this time in America Different Races were being integrated into many different sports especially baseball with Jackie Robinson


The post-War years in baseball also witnessed the racial integration of the sport. Participation by African Americans in organized baseball had been precluded since the 1890s by formal and informal agreements, with only a few players surreptitiously being included in lineups on a sporadic basis.


Examples:

Jackie Robinson - African american baseball player

Larry Doby - African american baseball player

Rube Foster - Founded the Negro Baseball League

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