Baseball - It's The Heart & Soul of The USA

By: Jethro Jordans

Baseball and America are almost synonymous today. Americans are very loyal and cheerful supporters of their teams and throng in millions to view Major League Baseball and The World Series every year.

Baseball has always been known in the U.S. as the national pastime. Most of us will never play a real game of baseball, especially since pitching is so difficult. There are however, derivative games that are a lot of fun. You don't have to be a professional athlete to play them and softball and slow-pitch leagues are fun to join.

America also has a number of leagues in baseball. Some of the best known are the major leagues, the minors, little leagues and more. Parents often prefer that their children play baseball rather than the rougher sports of football and hockey. Baseball is a game of skill and involves little physical contact with other players. The game doesn't focus on hitting your opponents. Kids need good hand-eye coordination as well as patience to excel in baseball. Without these traits they would be unable to hit a ball traveling toward them at 50 miles per hour.

Different forms of baseball have existed around the world so it's hard to come up with an exact history. The first games were played in the United States in the early 19th century, and were based on an English game known as rounders. By the beginning of the next century baseball was the favorite game in the country. Alexander Cartwright built the baseball diamond as we know it today. He also wrote the modern rules for playing.

In 1946 Cartwright and his team played the first recorded baseball game, and the rest as they say is history. Baseball has progressed from that game to be popular with both the young and old, men and women. And one of the best things about baseball or its off shoots is that you don't have to be exceptionally athletic to play. Anyone can do it.

Top baseball players have always attracted our interest. Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Mark McGwire are names we all know. Kids play for hours hoping to become the next Willie Mays. A lot of people love to go to batting cages and just practice hitting baseballs.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has thousands of visitors each year. It houses artifacts from many of the most prominent players in the American history of baseball. There are jerseys, bats, and many other pieces of paraphernalia. The Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown New York, and if you're in the area it's defiantly worth a visit, even if you're not the biggest baseball fan. It's a fascinating journey through America's love with baseball and its biggest names.

Baseball is without doubt the most popular pastime of the American people from all walks of life and all ages. It is loved, played and watched by millions having even songs dedicated to it.

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