Baseball: A National and Historical Pastime

 I am huge fan of Major League Baseball. The Yankees to be more specific. I was pretty disappointed when they lost and were not in the running for the World Series anymore. I know for a fact though, that I am not the only one to love baseball. It has been a national pastime for more than a hundred years.  Even during the Civil War baseball was a popular sport.

What do you do when you are stuck in a prison camp for months on end? What would you do to entertain yourself? You could write letters, read a book, or paint a picture. No, those things are boring . One of the best, most fun things you could do during the summer months in a prison camp in either the North or South was play baseball.

Baseball being played in a Civil War prison camp

 Some say that General Abner Doubleday was the father of baseball. Many historians also believe that  Alexander Cartwright was the father of baseball as we know it today.  According to the Fort Ward Museum in Alexandria VA, it was neither of these two men.  Baseball “evolved” from a British sport known as roundball. Very early versions of the game had been played in Massachusetts and New York. Though Cartwright did not start baseball he did establish the first known baseball club. The New York City Nickerbockers. The first recorded baseball game was in 1846. The year after Cartwright wrote the first official rules for baseball which are still used for the most part in baseball today.

 Baseball wasn’t always known as baseball. In the early 1800’s it was known as “base”, “townball” or sometimes as “baseball”.  That is what you could call the evolution of baseball. Throughout American history baseball has been a popular sport. In times of war soldiers played it to relax. In times of peace and prosperity baseball was a way to promote town unityand have a little fun. America’s pastime truely is as American as it gets.

Resources:

The History of Baseball http://www.rpi.edu/~fiscap/history_files/history1.htm

Fort Ward Museum- Civil War Baseball Battling on the Diamond http://oha.alexandriava.gov/fortward/special-sections/baseball/#disputed 

Ben’s Baseball facts

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I Wonder

Sometimes I wonder… does anyone actually read my blog? Do I actually get views haha

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Something Interesting About America

Did you know that according to James McPherson’s book Battle Cry of Freedom the population of America in 1803 was equal to that of Ireland?  Quite a change from today and even from what the population was during the Civil War

Ireland as seen during the Civil War

 

America During the Civil War

Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 1:02 am  Comments Off on Something Interesting About America  

New Material: A New Book

This past Saturday was my birthday. I got the book At Gettysburg or What A Girl Saw and Heard Of the Battle  by Mrs. Matilda (Tillie) Pierce  Alleman. This is a great book and a very insightful eyewitness account of the battle of Gettysburg. As I have mentioned in previous posts Tillie was a 15 years old during the battle of Gettysburg. Twenty-five years after the battle in 1888, Tillie wrote her reminiscenses of the battle and events surrounding it. I will continue to read this book and hopefully pass on some of the information.

Published in: on October 11, 2010 at 2:56 am  Comments Off on New Material: A New Book  

A B C’s of The Civil War

Here is the next few letters in the sequence.

P is for: General John Pope

General Pope commanded the Union Army of the Potomac June 26 to September 1862. During his time as commander the battle of 2nd Mannassas took place

General John Pope

 

Q is for: William Quantrill

Quantrill was an infamous raider who sacked Lawrence Kansas, killing  150 men and boys.

William Quantrill

R is for: General John Reynolds

General John Reynolds was one of the best officers the Union Army ever had in their service. His military career was cut short at the battle of Gettysburg where he was shot and killed.

General John Reynolds

Published in: on October 8, 2010 at 12:46 am  Comments Off on A B C’s of The Civil War