Baseball In America

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Baseball from its creation in America has stayed true to its values as well as mirroring American society; both good and bad. It has been there for Americas during their worst times and continues to change as Americans change. Throughout the generations, baseball has been passed down from father to son or mother to daughter and has brought people of every size, age, shape, and color together for a common cause; to cheer on their favorite team or play their favorite game. For these reasons and more baseball is Americas past-time.
From the beginning, due to the simplicity, baseball has been there for Americans despite their social class or poverty level. For instance, the slaves of America were even able to play baseball. They would simply use
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However, women were meant to attend the games to tame the crowd and “ensure its respectability”; they were not meant to play (Baseball, 2010). That all changed in 1866 when a doctor said that women should get exercise; soon after college teams formed (Baseball, 2010). That is until a runner broke her leg and the teams were forced to no longer play due to the impropriety and violence of baseball (Baseball, 2010).
Women were not the only ones that had a hard time playing baseball due to the American Society. Blacks although free, were not considered equals to the white people and white baseball players alike. In the south, blacks faced the Jim Crow Laws and segregation. In the north, they faced racism and prejudice. Baseball for blacks was no different. Players such as Bud Fowler, who made it to the Northwestern league before blacks were ban by the owners in 1887, were faced with threats, unnecessary injuries, and their teammates would even give up runs against them (Baseball,
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Despite the war and the loss of valuable players the president, Franklin D. Roosevelt decided the game must go on. Baseball was a temporary break for not only the soldiers overseas but their families who needed some joy and entertainment in their lives; above all an escape from the tension of war. Branch Rickey, the creator of the farm system once again changed baseball major league forever. In 1945 Rickey signed Jackie Robinson, a black baseball player to the Montreal Royals with the promise of making it to the Dodger’s if he played well and kept his mouth shut (Baseball,2010). In 1947, Robinson was the first black man in sixty years to play major league baseball since blacks were

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