Baseball Evolution

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Impact

Desegregation of baseball in 1947 helping spur on the civil rights movement since it proved that integration could work and black people could compete with whites with class, skill and dignity.

Baseball's exportation to Japan has encouraged cultural ties between the US and Japan.

Baseball has helped to bring cities together and root for their home team.

Baseball is America's Pastime.

1840s

The first team to play baseball under modern rules were the New York Knickerbockers. This club was founded on September 23, 1845, as a social club for the upper middle classes of New York City, and was strictly amateur until it disbanded.
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Late 1860

In the 1860s, aided by the Civil War, "New York" style baseball expanded into a national game and spawned baseball's first governing body, the National Association of Baseball Players (NABBP).

For professional baseball's founding year, MLB uses the year 1869, when the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, were established.

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1870s

In 1876, the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (Later known as the National League or NL) was established after the NA proved ineffective. Clubs could now enforce player contracts, preventing players from jumping to higher-paying clubs. Club were now required to play the full season or schedule instead of forfeiting when the club was out of the running for the playoffs.

For nine full years, the National League was afforded the privilege of being unchallenged. Like a true monopoly, the NL's magnates pretty much got away with whatever they wanted. With that the birth of the American League came in 1901 founded by Ban Johnson.

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1900s

No decade in the baseball century bore more witness to change and evolution within the game than the 1900s.

On the field, the pitchers ruled. They had an advantage of using a ball that could be used, misused, scuffed, discolored and spat upon. This made that hitters have an extreme disadvantage of not being able to call for a new ball. This was called the "Dead Ball Era."

Ed Walsh threw 464 innings in 1908

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Baseball Back Then...

America's Pastime started out as an amatuer sport with an unorgainized set of rule. It has become more and more complex as time went on. By the time the first league was started in 1876 the rules had already started to change. These were the early years of the construction of the rules and games.