Evolution of Protection in Baseball In the spring of 1871, the first ever Major League Baseball game was held between the Cleveland Forest Cities and the Ft. Wayne Kekiongas (Smith, 1). Baseball originally came as an unordinary sport to the public. Although, after a notice in the interesting aspects that make up the game, baseball became one of the most attended and watched sports in the United States of America. One of the surprising, yet oddly interesting, factors in the population growth of baseball can be credited with the high pace and movement of the game. High pace and fast movement blew the fans’ minds simply because it was incredible to see a human react to a ninety mile per hour pitch. Unfortunately, “blazing heaters”, or fastballs, …show more content…
The catcher is the man who squats behind the batter, receiving every blazing heater from the pitcher, and occasionally take a foul ball off the face. Although that might sound expected, imagine sitting behind home plate and being hit by a ninety-five mph baseball off the face without any protection. For four years catchers have suffered through this until the first mask was invented in 1875 by Jim Tyng who modified a fencing mask. This new mask, enhanced Tyng’s gameplay; where as a result, he exhibited only two errors in the full season. This mask became a major breakthrough in baseball, but innovation would not settle for just a cool fencing mask. Later in 1888, George Barnard patented his own version of the catcher’s mask that enhanced their view of the field (EpicSports, 11). This new mask was made with hard wire and created a wider peripheral view range. From here on out, new masks and patents were coming in and out of Major League Baseball up until the latest mask was created by Spalding in 1997. This mask had a more of a hockey goaltender look to it, but offered throat protection and concussion proof padding. This is the greatest mask and worn by almost every professional catcher in baseball …show more content…
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This injury is just as serious as any other kind resulting in future disabilities. Luckily, newly reformed cups have been created such as the Nutty Buddy, which has been proven to withstand a 100 mph fastball to the abdominal area. Nevertheless, baseball has grown from not wearing protection, to wearing a piece of padding, to now wearing guaranteed protective equipment. Professional players in the late 1800’s would think baseball today as a whole different sport because of the new inventions that were not around when baseball first began. The safety of players is the number one priority today, and that safety will be ensured more and more every day until full protection is
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Using a lengthy timeline of about 60 pages and starting from the year 1847, Zack describes how baseballs have evolved almost every year until 2011. Some of the notable things covered are origins, designs, trade wars among manufacturers, and the increase of balls being used over time. This leads to one of the most interesting parts of the book, which is a tour of the Rawlings Baseball Factory in Costa Rica, where the balls are made and individually hand stitched. Zack goes over every single detail of the ball, from the small pill in the center of the ball to the cowhide. Approximately 20,000 cows are needed for the 1 million square feet of hide used for balls in a season.
The End of Baseball? In 1845, Alexander Cartwright, a member of New York City's Knickerbocker Club, led the codification of the so-called Knickerbocker Rules. The practice, common to bat-and-ball games of the day, of "soaking" or "plugging"—effecting a putout by hitting a runner with a thrown ball—was barred. An attempted putout at first base.
Major League Baseball started in 1869, the first MLB baseball team was started in Cincinnati. The first official game of baseball in the United States took place in June 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 1869, the Cincinnati Red Stockings became America’s first professional baseball club. In 1871, the National Association of Professional Baseball Players was established as the sport’s first “major league.” The MLB has gone through many transitions of talent and skill levels.
The early 1900s was a time of industrialization and economic prosperity in the United States. Following after World War 1, there were several events that followed like the Harlem Renaissance, the invention of televisions, the advent of credit and the Golden Age of American Sports. The United States had a very strong economy during America’s post-war and many workers had more free time. Advances in architecture resulted in new and bigger stadiums and radios were becoming a social norm. Radios made it easier for citizens to keep up with their favorite teams and newspapers often talked about the popular topics surrounding sports.
Baseball pitchers have to be extremely explosive and create force to produce a good pitch. Some factors that go into a pitch would be velocity, movement, and position. There are many types of pitches that an athlete can do and follows a similar pattern but the factors change. If a pitcher wanted to throw a fastball, they would have to change the velocity of the ball but if the pitcher wanted to throw a curveball they would have to change the type of movement they do. The ultimate goal for any baseball pitcher is to get the ball into the catcher’s mitts without being interfered by the batter at home base.
Participation in high school sports helps promote a physically active lifestyle. High school sports participation has grown from an estimated 4 million participants during the 1971--72 school year to an estimated 7.2 million in 2005--06 (1). However, despite the documented health benefits of increased physical activity (e.g., weight management, improved self-esteem, and increased strength, endurance, and flexibility) (2,3), those who participate in athletics are at risk for sports-related injuries (4,5). High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations annually (6). To date, the study of these injuries has been limited by inabilities to calculate injury rates, compare results
“WARS couldn 't stop major league baseball, the Depression couldn 't stop major league baseball; it seems the only thing that could is major league baseball itself.” Said by Ira Berkow from New York Times explains how baseball is a sport that has always, and always will be round. Mark Twain mentioned in the article written by Berkow said that “the very symbol of the outward and visible expression of the drive and push and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming the 19th century. ' ' The true meaning of baseball is known for the drive and push of the struggle booming during the turn of the century. Many families in America have a tradition of either playing baseball or watching it.
Ever since baseball began, the sport considered a white man’s game. The big names of baseball today belong to whites and many American born blacks have lost interest in America 's Pastime. If the MLB ever plans to rise up with the NBA and the NFL, the unintentional segregation needs to stop. Black players today still go through struggles even after 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Since the beginning of baseball, racism has proved to be a major problem and still resonates today.
Baseball Is The Hardest Sport No other sport rivals the difficulty of America’s Pastime. The game of baseball spurred in the eighteenth century but didn't come to life until the mid nineteenth century. Ever since eighteen forty-five, the year of the first baseball game in history, baseball has grown into an enormous sport expanding its reach around the world bringing millions of people closer together. Over the past one hundred and seventy-three years baseball has proven itself as the hardest sport across the globe due to hitting a baseball, fielding the ball, playing the game inside the game, and succeeding in baseball.
World War II had a horrible dent on america's pastime and other sports. On the date of December 7 1941, America was brought into this horrible war, them causing a huge mix up with all sports going on at the time. Not to fear, President Roosevelt was pushing to keep most of these sports from coming to a complete hault. During World War II many athletes had to turn in their jerseys in exchange for war uniform and boots. Because of Word War II, baseball has changed in the way we play the game, The population of the game and the structures that they play in.
Baseball is considered by many to be America’s favorite pastime. Softball in many aspects is similar to baseball but in reality it is harder to play. This can be shown in all aspects of the game from hitting to pitching to fielding to catching. One major aspect where the difference is obvious is hitting. It has been scientifically proven that a 95 mph fastball generates 2411 lbs of force as it crosses the plate and a softball thrown at 65mph generates even more according to youtube.com.
More Safety Precautions are Needed in Football 34 of 35 former NFL athletes suffer from CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). Brain injuries and other injuries are ruining athletes careers. But some people think that the players gear isn’t safe. Even though the NFL already has safety precautions in place, safety precautions in the NFL should be more strict because concussions are causing a lot of players to get hurt, and injuries are ruining careers in the NFL. Concussions and injuries cost teams and player a lot of money.
In “Baseball” by Lionel G. Garcia, the author describes how he and his friends created an entirely new game when they changed some of the basic rules of traditional baseball. He describes in great detail the rules and rotations of the game. Usually, the best part of traditional baseball is getting to hit. In Lionel and his friend’s version of baseball, the rules were changed, but hitting was still a vital and fun part of the game. However, the author continued to play without ever remembering to get to bat.