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Take Me Out to the Ball Game songsheetTimeline of American Baseball

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September, 1845: New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club was founded.One of the founders, volunteer firefighter and bank clerk Alexander Joy Cartwright, created a set of familiar rules: diamond-shaped infield, foul lines, and the three-strikes rule.

1846: first official game of baseball in the United States was played in Hoboken, New Jersey

1876: National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is founded by William Hulbert with 8 original teams:

  1. Boston Red Stockings (now the Atlanta Braves)
  2. Chicago White Stockings (now the Chicago Cubs)
  3. Cincinnati Red Stockings
  4. Hartford Dark Blues
  5. Louisville Grays
  6. Mutual of New York
  7. Philadelphia Athletics
  8. St. Louis Brown Stockings

I guess teams initially named themselves by just looking down at their uniforms. Which might mean that the Mutuals were wearing matching longjohns?

18Baseball page69: Cincinnati Red Stockings became America’s first professional baseball team/club

1901: American League is founded as National League’s rival

1903: First World Series was held. The American League’s New York Yankees have won more World Series championships than any other team in baseball, 26.

Source: compiled from history.org: National League of Baseball, Who Invented Baseball?

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