How Did Baseball Changed America

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No one knows exactly how or where baseball originated. Some say that a man named Abner Doubleday invented it in Cooperstown, New York. Others say that it started as a game before the American Civil War as a game called “rounders” that was played in sandlots. No matter how it started and the changes that baseball has gone through. I believe that baseball has affected not only people but America ,but also in a way, it symbolizes it. The game of baseball has changes a lot since it started. The first baseball league began in 1845 by a group of New Yorkers led by a man named Alexander Cartwright. It was called “Knickerbocker Base Ball Club”. Since then all the sport has done is grown. Before 1947 Major League Baseball was an all white sport. Not a single African American had played until April 15, 1947.A man named Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier. This lead to insult and threats to him because of his race. He influenced every African American that has played a professional sport after him. Robinson didn 't only changed baseball and all sports, but he changed America. His life and baseball career changed the way the country looks at things. Baseball is sometimes known as “The American Pastime”. Its called this because it has been such a popular sport in America for so …show more content…

Baseball symbolizes America in several ways. People played the game during the American Civil War. People also played in during World War 1 and World War 2. During WW2 some 500 professional baseball players were drafted into the war. These players would put together teams and they would play games. They would play baseball wherever and whenever they could. Baseball was most of the soldiers favorite sport. Baseball was their life. When they weren 't fighting in the war, they were playing baseball. When they got back from the war, they played baseball. When they were away from home they didn 't feel comfortable, but when they were playing baseball it makes them feel like they were at

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