Baseball Beginnings

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Baseball Beginnings
A ball, a bat, and four bases on a field. The elements of the game that became baseball have been around for hundreds of years, also know as an English game called rounders.[#1 Appositive] Americans had been playing another ball game with bases called “town ball” since the Revolutionary War. By the 1840s, sportsmen in several Northeastern cities were gathering regularly to play several variations of what they called baseball. In 1845, Alexander Cartwright and Daniel Adams, were both leaders of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, and developed the first set of rules for the game. Though the rules changed rapidly over the next few years and continued to evolve into the 1900s, they were close to what baseball is today, to mark the ‘birth’ of baseball. From humble beginnings, the game has grown from a sport played by men on weekends to a sport played by women, and children of all ages in more than 100 countries. Although baseball beginnings were humble, Jackie Robinson dramatically changed history in 1947, when he broke baseball's color barrier to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. As a very skilled player, Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year award his first season, and helped the Dodgers achieve the National League championship, surprisingly only the first of his six trips to the World Series. In 1949 Robinson won the league MVP award, and he was introduced into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 because of his large accomplishments. Despite his skill, Robinson faced many insults and threats because of his race. The courage and grace with which Robinson handled the insulted inspired a generation of African Americans to question the doctrine of "separate but equal" and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Jackie Robinson was the tipping point for many who looked upon him, he change worldwide views of segregated societies. Jackie Robinson was a Tipping Point in the game of baseball and the society. He was looked at much...
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