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    Why People Love The Game of Baseball

    Post  sd on Mon Dec 06, 2010 3:55 am

    A lot of people love baseball, there is no doubt about it. Baseball, for some, has ceased to be just a mere sport, it has become their passion. In fact, there are enthusiasts who are so devoted to the game that they always make it a point to be at every baseball event as much as possible. Not only do these ardent fans keep track of the progress of every team each season, they are also the foremost consumers of baseball souvenir items like caps, tee-shirts, watches, cards, and many more. These things sometimes drive you to think what makes this game so endeared with almost all Americans. Why many people love baseball.

    For a very long time now, baseball has always been regarded as America's national sport. Its early origins can be traced back to the English game of rounders where the players hit a small, leather ball with a round wooden, or metal, bat and then running around the four bases in order to score. Rounders was thought to have been introduced by the British around the late 1700s or early 1800s in the United States and it immediately caught the fancy of the Americans. At the outset, the game was known as townball or base and it was played by informal teams using locally concocted rules. With the passing of time, however, and with the growing popularity of the game, these rules were compiled and adopted by various competing teams. Later on, the game started to be known as just baseball.

    Alexander Joy Cartwright is generally regarded as the father of modern baseball. Apparently, the credit for the design of modern baseball field and much of the rules and regulations that are still in effect today is largely attributed to him. He was instrumental in the formation of the Knickerbocker Team who later on played the first ever recorded official game of baseball was in the year 1846 with the New York Base Ball Club.

    Since then, the popularity of the game skyrocketed and it started to become America's favorite past time. Just twelve years after the first official game was played, the National Association of Base Ball Players, which is always thought of as the forerunner of Major League Baseball, was officially formed.

    Today, the game remained as America's number one favorite pastime, generating billions of dollars in revenues, not only from ticket sales, but also from endorsements, souvenir items, sports wear, and other similar items. The game has also inspired a lot of movies and books, real or fiction, to be written, which endeared the game further with majority of Americans. It is therefore not surprising if America's love for baseball continues to endure all through the years.

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