Baseball according to Gerald Early,he said I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball...Gerald Early 1952–, American Author
Baseball History Brefly explaned. Baseball today a multi-billion dollar industry, Baseball has come a long way from its crude and humble beginnings in the fields of 19th century America. More than a game, Baseball remains an inseparable part of the American heritage and an intrinsic part of our national psyche. For many of us, notions of team, fair play, and athletic excellence first occurred on a red clay diamond cut from a grassy field. Referred to as "America's Pastime" since
Baseball today is played by men and women
of all ages and skill levels all around the world. Despite its recurrent scandals and woes, Baseball remains synonymous with the best that America has to offer.
19th Century Baseball:
The Beginning Contrary to popular belief, Baseball was not invented by a single individual, but evolved from various European "bat and ball" games. Russia had a version of Baseball called Lapta, which dates back to the fourteenth century. It consisted of two teams (five to ten members) with a pitcher and batter. The ball would be thrown to the batter who would attempt to hit it with a short stick and then run to the opposite side and back before being hit by the ball.
Occasionally, early 19th century American newspapers would mention games listed as "Bass-Ball," "Base," "Base Ball," "Base-Ball," "Goal Ball" and "Town Ball." The first known printed record of a game that was slightly different from Rounders and resembled a game closer to Baseball, is from an 1829 book called The Boy's Own Book, in which the game is referred to as "Round Ball," "Base" and "Goal Ball."
A crude field diagram was included with specific locations for four stones or stakes (bases), that were arranged in a diamond. The article described how to "make an out" as well as how to get "home." The word "party" was used to describe a team, and the team at bat was called the "in-party." Each party pitched to themselves, bases were run in a clockwise direction and players could be put out by swinging and missing three pitched balls or by being hit with the ball while
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So What Did Baseball Speed Mean for an average Joe?
Here is a baseball player that had every other tool, but speed. Had he not gained speed he would have never been able to earn a Division I scholarship and hit a home run in Rosenblatt Stadium, the home of the College World Series. Had he not gained speed, he would have never been able to receive a paycheck for playing baseball and live the minor league life of long road trips and small towns. Had he not gained speed, he would have never been able to play on the Italian
Team and travel all over Europe, Cuba, and Taiwan. He gained memories and stories to tell his family, friends, children, and grandchildren for the rest of his life. All because he gained a few tenths-of-a-second! to read more click here.\