by Steve Wagers

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1. I'm sure that the game of baseball will always occupy an important place in American culture. The game that many of us have grown up with, played, and watched since we were young, will always be known as "America's Past-Time!"

2. In 1845, Alexander Cartwright wanted to formalize a list of rules by which all teams could play. Much of that original code is still in place today. Although popular legend says that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday, baseball's true father was Alexander Cartwright.

3. The first recorded baseball contest took place a year later, in 1846. Cartwright's Knickerbockers lost to the New York Baseball Club in a game at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey. These amateur games became more frequent and more popular. In 1857, a convention of amateur teams was called to discuss rules and other issues. Twenty-five teams from the northeast sent delegates. The following year, they formed the National Association of Base Ball Players, the first organized baseball league. In its first year of operation, the league supported itself by occasionally charging fans for admission.

4. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings decided to become a completely professional team. Brothers Harry and George Wright recruited the best players from around the country, and beat all comers. The Cincinnati team won sixty-five games and lost none. The idea of paid players quickly caught on. Thus, later, in 1871, the National Association became the first professional baseball league, known today as Major League Baseball. The National Association fielded nine teams in 1871, and grew to 13 teams by 1875. 1

5. The game of baseball is a game of many rules. The most well-known rule is the "3-Strike Rule." The rule states that a player has a limit of 3 strikes during his opportunity at bat to get on base. When those ...

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