The History of Baseball

America's Pastime

How it was created

Baseball was invented back in 1839, when a man named Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, NY and since then it has been America's National Pastime.

The Bigs

Not long after the game of baseball was invented in 1839, the MLB (Major League Baseball) was established in 1869, in Cincinnati, Ohio where the first professional team was created. (Cincinnati Red Stockings)

Best players from start to 1920s

The history of the Long Ball

The Home Run

The home run was rare back then until a man named Babe Ruth came and changed the game of baseball. George Herman Ruth was doing at the time unbelievable things with his bat putting up an astonishing 60 home run season! At the end of his career he was the career leader in home runs!

Breaking the Color Barrier

Back then the number of players on MLB rosters were 700 all of them were white. In 1947 that number dropped to 699 when one man came in named Jackie Roosevelt Robinson. He faced lots of challenges in the MLB such as people sputtering racial slurs at him, spiking him, beaning him but he retired into the Hall of Fame and had a phenomenal career. Plus, Jackie is the only player to have his number retired (42) throughout the entire league.
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Best players 1930s to 1950s

Breaking the record

Only two other people have broken Babe Ruth's home run record Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds and other power hitters have broken Babe Ruth's 60 home run season such as Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds.

Best ballplayers 1960s to 1980s

The Steroid Era

Many baseball fans, writers, and officials got suspicious about the number of home run players were hitting so they looked into it and found these players using performance anhancing drugs called steroids. Lots of players during this time got busted such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Ryan Braun.

Best players 1990s to 2000s

Baseball Modern Day

Baseball has remained the same all through time these days with a new MLB commisioner there have a lot of rule changes such as the time limit a batter has when he steps out of the box, takeout slides, and Hall of Fame induction. But baseball will remain one of the most greatest and beautiful sports of all time.
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Best Baseball Players Modern Day