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Baseball - The National Pastime

Scroll through historic pictures of the game of baseball - the U.S. national pastime.

Did baseball have its origins in France in the 1300's? In England and Ireland, evolving from "rounders"? Or from earlier games of ball somewhere else? Historians disagree but what is known is that in 1791 in Pittsfield MA, a town ordinance banned playing baseball within 80 yards of the town hall (worried about broken windows?). And a game in 1744 in England was described as "base-ball" - although the field was triangular. By the time photography was invented in the 1830s, then, "baseball" games were becoming popular and we're lucky enough to have photos of baseball from over a century and a half.

Almost everyone loves baseball - playing and watching, children and adults. Here are some fun facts for you aficionados:

  • "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was written in 1908 - by two men, Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer, who had never been to a game.
  • The Dodgers, who moved to L.A. from Brooklyn in the late 1950s, got their name from Brooklynites who were famous for “dodging” the trolley streetcar system.
  • The NY Yankees have the most World Series wins at 27.
  • The piece of sports equipment that has changed the most during the years? The baseball glove.
  • Fenway Park in Boston is the oldest MLB park in continuous use. The first game there was in 1912.
  • Mickey Mantle of the NY Yankees holds the record for the longest home run on record. On April 17, 1953, he hit a 565-footer.
  • William Howard Taft was the first U.S. President to throw out a ceremonial ball - on April 14, 1910. He was a former semipro baseball player.
  • Great movies about baseball? Lots! Some of them: The Bad News Bears (1976), The Pride of the Yankees (1942), Field of Dreams (1989) The Natural (1984), Bull Durham (1988), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Moneyball (2011), 42 (2013), A League of Their Own (1992), Fear Strikes Out (1957), and Eight Men Out (1988).

You will enjoy these photos of baseball as much as you enjoy the game!

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A photo of Jess Anteski (1913 - 2007)
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Taken at West Fairview, West Fairview, Cumberland County, PA United States of America .
Charles Yarnall, back row on right, with baseball players at West Fairview, PA
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Taken in USA.
Roy Campanella, Baseball Hall of Famer and pioneer for the desegregation of... more
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A photo of Claire E. Baker in his baseball uniform.circa 1925.
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Taken at Comiskey Park, Chicago, IL USA.
Comiskey Park, Home of the Chicago,White Sox. This photo was found in the... more
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Taken at St. Theodore's Catholic School, Chicago, Cook County, IL USA in .
William (Bill) Mansell with his teammates on the St. Theodore's Baseball Team
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A photo of Frank Brower, who played for the Washington Senators.
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A photo of boys playing baseball in 1923.
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A photo of two lucky boys playing baseball in a real stadium.
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Taken in Dalton, Sumner County, KS.
A photo of Joseph Randall of Dalton, KS - Born: December 8 1892
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A photo of Charles Perry on the Navy Baseball Norfolk, Destroyers i 1955
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Taken at IDK, Norfolk, VA on .
A photo of Charles F. Perry, Norfolk Destroyers of 1955 - Navy baseball team
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Taken at Fresno Cardinal Stadium, Fresno, Fresno County, CA on .
A photo of Charles F. Perry (on mound in background).
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Taken in Eugene, Lane County, OR in .
A photo of the Baseball team, McDaniel 2x4's Lumber Co. team. Jon Henderson... more
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Taken in Chicago, Cook County, IL in .
A photo of Monty "Gander" Franklin Pierce Stratton Sr.
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Taken in Chicago, Cook County, IL in .
A photo of Monty "Gander" Franklin Pierce Stratton Sr. in 1939, while he was... more
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A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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A photo of Robert Royal Corkhill
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A photo of the Fort Wayne Daisies circa 1953
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A photo of two of the players in the All-American Girls Professional Ball... more
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A photo of Lester Boehm and Walter Kukla - Friends were interested in sports,... more
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A photo of Yogi Berra (5/12/1925 - 9/22/2015) - baseball player (catcher),... more
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Taken in Indianapolis, Marion County, IN in .
A photo of Verne Baldauf with his baseball team. Grandpa loved sports and... more
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