The Impact Of Baseball

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“Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.” - George Will. The game of baseball has always had a huge impact in American culture, it is affectionately referred to as “America’s Game”. Records were broke, games have been played, and players have done things that have changed history Baseball went from being an America's game, to becoming a global icon. Baseball has allowed people from around the world to connect and make it seem that the world is smaller than it is. You cannot fully understand Americas pastime until you learn the history of it all and how it’s changed and impacted the world.
During the early 1800’s Americans started playing baseball
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In 1947, an African American man named Jackie Robinson played his first MLB game and broke the color barrier. Robinson did not let the extreme racism at the time get to him, his defiance helped start the fight to end segregation. Jackie Robinson helped open doors to baseball players of all races and ethnicities to be able to play the game they love. Some of the game’s most recognizable players are from countries other than the United States. Hall of Fame caliber players like Roberto Clemente, Pedro Martinez, Hideo Nomo, Mariano Rivera, and Ozzie Guillen all had remarkable careers and have set the tone for the next generation of foreign ball…show more content…
Some of the most memorable moments that have taken place in baseball history are, Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” in the 1932 World Series, During the 1955 World Series, Jackie Robinson stole home and scored. It didn’t help Brooklyn in winning, but it was one of the most iconic plays the game of baseball has ever seen. On September 28, 1960, Ted Williams blasted the third pitch thrown by Jack Fisher over the right field fence for his final at bat. During the 1961 season New York Yankee teammates, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, both were on pace to break Babe Ruth’s record of 60 homeruns hit in one season, Maris hit 61 and broke the Babe’s record Mantle finished only seven behind him with 54. In 1989, Pete Rose’s baseball career took a major downward spiral, when he was accused of gambling on baseball, banning him the game. In 1998, Mark McGwire hit 70 homeruns in a season breaking Roger Maris record of 61. On October 5, 2001 Barry Bonds hit his 71st home run. Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s record. In November of 2016 the Chicago Cubs ended the longest championship drought of 108 years, by defeating the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. The Houston Astros recently won their first ever World Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to
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