The American Pastime- A History of Baseball

The Historic Timeline of Baseball

The great American pastime, has been rooted into the history of the USA for over 200 years. Rich with memories of childhood, peanuts and aw-filled moments with some of the greatest athletes that ever lived, this time line shows a brief history of the sport and how it came to be.

1839

  • A man named Abner Doubleday is given credit for the creation of the sport– Cooperstown, New York.

1846

  • During this time, the first official game is played between a team known as the Knickerbockers and a group of cricket players.

1866

  • Vassar College forms the first female baseball team.

1869

  • A professional team from Cincinnati, Red Stockings, takes to the field for the first time.

1876

  • The National League is established.

1882

  • The American Baseball Association is created.

1884

  • A man named Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first African-American player.

1900

  • The American League is founded by Ban Johnson.

1908

  • The famous, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is created by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer.

1912

  • Fenway Park opens.

1920

  • The Red Sox sell Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

1921

  • Baseball finally meets the radio waves.

1933

  • The first All-Star game is played.

1943

  • This year created the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

1947

  • First televised World Series between Brooklyn Dodgers and The New York Yankees, with the Yankees taking the win.

1957

  • Both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers move out west into California, becoming the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1965

  • The Astrodome is born in Houston, Texas. This is the worlds first domed stadium for Major League Baseball.

1973

  • A man named George Steinbrenner buys the New York Yankees.

1985

  • Player Pete Rose surpasses Ty Cobb’s hit record of 4,192.

1990

  • Back-to-back home runs are made with father and son, Senior and Junior Ken Griffey, with the Seattle Mariners.

1994

  • Player’s Strike occurs, halting the World Series.

2000

  • Wanting to grow the game globally, both the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets open the season in Japan.

2004

  • Red Sox win their first World Series in 84 years.

2016

  • The longest drought in American professional sports is broken when the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years.

 

Baseball has been with us for a very long time, capturing the passion for competition for many generations. These aren’t the only events to take place within the long history of the game. Many achievements, records and legends have been made, born and broken during this time. For more information on the history of baseball, please contact us.