Early history[ edit ] The earliest known mention of baseball in the United States was in a Pittsfield, Massachusetts by law banning the playing of the game within 80 yards of the town meeting house. Another early reference reports that "base ball" was regularly played on Saturdays on the outskirts of New York City in what is now Greenwich Village in The club was founded on September 23, as a social club for the upper middle classes of New York Cityand was strictly amateur until its disbandment.
Early history[ edit ] The earliest mention of baseball in the U. But baseball executive Albert Spalding disagreed. Baseball, said Spalding, was fundamentally an American sport and began on American soil.
To settle the matter, the two men appointed a commission, headed by Abraham Mills, the fourth president of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.
The commission, which also included six other sports executives, labored for three years, after which it declared that Abner Doubleday invented the national pastime. This would have been a surprise to Doubleday. The late Civil War hero "never knew that he had invented baseball".
The myth about Doubleday inventing the game of baseball actually came from a Colorado mining engineer. The club was founded on September 23,as a social club for the upper middle classes of New York City, and was strictly amateur until it disbanded.
The club's by-laws committee, which included William R. Wheaton and William H. Tuckerformulated the Knickerbocker Rules, which in large part dealt with organizational matters but which also laid out rules for playing the game.
The Knickerbocker Rules required fielders to tag or force the runner, as is done today, and avoided a lot of the arguments and fistfights that resulted from the earlier practice.
A recently discovered newspaper interview with Wheaton indicates that the rules he and Tucker wrote for the Knickerbockers in most respects duplicated the rules he had written for the Gotham Club in ; the Knickerbockers were founded as a breakaway group of former Gothams.
Writing the rules did not help the Knickerbockers in the first known competitive game between two clubs under the new rules, played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey on June 19, The "New York nine" almost certainly the parent Gotham Club humbled the Knickerbockers by a score of 23 to 1.
Nevertheless, the Knickerbocker Rules were rapidly adopted by teams in the New York area and their version of baseball became known as the "New York Game" as opposed to the "Massachusetts Game", played by clubs in the Boston area.
As late asthe New York press was still devoting more space to coverage of cricket than to baseball. The convention also established three key features of the game: Aided by the Civil Warmembership grew to almost clubs by and to over byincluding clubs from as far away as California.
During the Civil War, soldiers from different parts of the United States played baseball together, leading to a more unified national version of the sport. Beginning inthe NABBP permitted professional play, addressing a growing practice that had not been permitted under its rules to that point.
Inin the Corona neighborhood of Queens now part of New York Cityat the Fashion Race Course, the first games of baseball to charge admission took place. The games, which took place between the all stars of Brooklynincluding players from the AtlanticExcelsiorPutnam and Eckford clubs, and the All Stars of New York Manhattanincluding players from the New York KnickerbockersGothams, Eagles and Empire, are commonly believed to the first all star baseball games.
In the s, aided by the war, "New York" style baseball expanded into a national game. The NABBP soon expanded into a true national organization, although most of the strongest clubs remained those based in the northeastern part of the country. In its year history as an amateur league, the Atlantic Club of Brooklyn won seven championships, establishing themselves as the first true dynasty in the sport, although Mutual of New York was widely considered to be one of the best teams of the era as well.
Byit ballooned to over members, including some clubs from as far away as San Francisco and Louisiana. One of these clubs, the Chicago White Stockings, won the championship in Today they are known as the Chicago Cubs.
Because of this growth, regional and state organizations began to assume a more prominent role in the governance of the sport. However, even early in its history some star players, such as James Creighton of Excelsiorreceived compensation, either secretly or indirectly.
Inthe NABBP investigated Athletic of Philadelphia for paying three players including Lip Pikebut ultimately took no action against either the club or the players.
To address this growing practice, and to restore integrity to the game, at its December meeting the NABBP established a professional category for the season. Clubs desiring to pay players were now free to declare themselves professional.Sep 29, · The national pastime first took hold not in small-town America but in the industrial Northeast, which had the density of population to fill stadiums.
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