Baseball has evolved into an American family tradition. The penchant for baseball has been a celebrated one passed down from generations. Our inclination for the game as kids, teenagers, and adults is an indelible encounter.
The three most impressive pieces of work escorted by the American culture are The Constitution, jazz music, and Baseball. This game has intertwined not only with our personal lives but also with what history has in store for us.
The popular term America’s National Pastime confers baseball a pertinent role in fashioning the nation. From inspirational movements to pride-filled exploits, Civil War to Civil Rights, culture, and economics to snowballing technology – the elixir of American history.
Baseball has been etched in the heart of Americans, as witnessed at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Civil War
The inception of baseball can be traced back to the darkest days in the US. A popular recreation among Civil War soldiers as a means of diversion back in the 1840s. These veterans carried it back home and bringing it to the mainstream gaze.
This gaze facilitated baseball as a great unifier. Though this theory has been discarded, the discovery of the sport was initially been showered on Civil War veteran Abner Doubleday.
World Wars I and II
World War I testified to 227 prominent leaguers in the military, and they comprised a myriad of Hall of Famers that included Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Branch Rickey, and George Sisler.
In comparison, World War II witnessed 37 Hall of Famers and 500 primary leaguers in the military. It was during these times the game was raised to the stature of necessary morale that succoured in enhancing the unprecedented time by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
This war period also bore testament to the genesis of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
The 1850s observed African Americans penchant for baseball in the Southern plantations. There existed a force that abstained black players from professional leagues right from the 1800s.
However, this was revolutionised by Jackie Robinson being the cornerstone of equality in the 1960s guided by the Civil Rights struggles, and baseball was the means of unification.
This was followed by Hank Aaron. The MLB’s first all-Black line-up occurred in 1971, followed by Frank Robinson being the first African-American manager in 1974.
The Modern Days
Baseball has not only served as entertainment; at the same time, it has promised a sense of calm in the chaos. The World Series win in 2013 by Red Sox soon after the Boston Marathon bombings.
The first-ever World Series championship in 2017 by Houston Astros after the havoc created by Hurricane Harvey. Baseball recounts the story of a nation – with the robust amalgamation of baseball and American culture.