History of Baseball

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Brandon Howe
Mr. Bohl
Effective Speech
16 October 2012

The Game of Baseball

Introduction: The game of baseball is very intriguing. It’s been played since the 1800’s and continues today. Baseball is played all over the world and continues to grow today. Countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and USA are among the top countries who dominate this sport n make up the majority of the MLB but places such as Japan and many European countries are getting catch of this fascinating sport. Baseball’s founder, history, and major events are just a few subjects I’ll hit on in my speech.

Body: 1. The founder of modern day baseball is Alexander Cartwright. According to inventors.about.com Americans began playing baseball on informal teams, using local rules, in the early 1800s. By the 1860s, the sport, unrivaled in popularity, was being described as America's national pastime. Alexander Cartwright is from New York and founded modern Baseball in 1845. Baseballhall.org says, Alexander Cartwright and the members of his New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club came up with the first rules and regulations that modern baseball accepted, including the concept of foul territory, the distance between bases, three-out innings, and the elimination of retiring base runners by throwing batted baseballs at them. Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. was born on April 17, 1820 in New York, New York and died on July 12, 1892 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2. The history of baseball is this; Americans began playing baseball on informal teams, using local rules, in the early 1800s. According to inventors.about.com, the first recorded baseball game was held in 1846 when Alexander Cartwright's Knickerbockers lost to the New York Baseball Club. The game was held at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1871 the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established as the first professional baseball league. Then in 1878 the Captain of Harvard University...
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