History of Major League Baseball From 1869-1900’s

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Arianna Magana, Freshman

The establishment of Major League Baseball (MLB) began in the year 1869 in Cincinnati Ohio.

A game of baseball is divided into 9 innings and the team with the most points by the end of the 9th inning wins the ball game. Baseball is the most played sport and is also one of the oldest sports. 

When Major League Baseball first started, it originally started with 10 professional teams. The teams were formerly known as “Boston Red Stockings, Chicago White Stockings, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, Cincinnati Red Stockings, New York Gothams, Philadelphia Quakers, Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators.”

In the years of 1942-1948, the Negro World Series began. During the series many baseball stars were born during this era. This was known as the golden era for these players.

One of these players was Jackie Robinson. In 1947, he decided to sign a contract that would allow him to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was a big milestone for MLB because it broke down the color barrier for the other African American players that wanted to play Major League Baseball as well. This also allowed other MLB teams to scout for talented African American baseball players.

According toINC, Jackie Robinson once stated, “There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” Jackie Robinson not only struggled in general living as an African American in a very racially motivated time, but he also had to endure a lot of oppression while playing baseball out on the field. 

In all of its history, MLB has experienced many changes. Numerous base players have gotten the opportunity to follow their dreams and join a professional baseball team. JustBats, Babe Ruth maintained that, “Baseball was, is, and always will be the best game in the world to me.” Babe Ruth was able to follow his dreams and play for a professional baseball team.

Many people enjoy watching baseball and many teams to continue to grow and become more and more successful. To this day, America’s baseball is the most famous sport ever played.