“Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” -Babe Ruth. Baseball has been around for hundreds of years and has attracted millions of fans. Baseball is considered America's national pastime because of its competitive nature and strong tradition that provides us with fun and excitement.
In the summer of 1839 in Cooperstown, New York, Abner Doubleday invented a game that used leather gloves and a wooden bat. He called it Baseball. Doubleday later went on to fight in the Civil War and became a war hero. However, this origin story is false. The former major league player A.J. Spalding created the fake origin story. The Cooperstown businessmen and major league officials used it to establish the National Baseball Hall of…show more content… Baseball and cricket are compared quite often for there similarities but both play out very differently. Baseball and cricket are two well-known members of the "bat and ball" family of games. While the basic principle is the same, the two games differ in their rules, terminology, playing equipment, the number of players, field size etc. (Baseball vs. Cricket). The fundamental rules of baseball are quite similar to cricket. Players on offence have to attempt to score runs by hitting the ball with a bat while the defence has to prevent these runs by getting the players out at bases in baseball and defending the wickets in cricket. There are typically nine players on the field for baseball and eleven for cricket. A player who throws the ball is called the pitcher in baseball and the bowler in cricket. To catch the pitchers balls, baseball’s defence has a catcher while cricket’s defence has a wicketkeeper. The players who hit the ball are called batters in baseball and batsman in cricket. The ball used in cricket is similar to the one used in baseball yet it is covered by heavy leather that is harder and heavier. Baseball fielders have gloves that help the defence catch the ball. Unlike baseball, in cricket, the wicketkeeper is the only player to have a glove. Cricket bats are light and flat whereas baseball bats are narrow, round and double the weight. The baseball field is diamond-shaped and divided into two fields: infield and outfield. The infield is made up of soft dirt whereas the outfield is grass with foul lines on the left and right of the diamond. The cricket field has a middle rectangular area that is called a pitch and is surrounded by an oval shaped grass field. Baseball is america’s pastime for a reason. The core gameplay of baseball, in my opinion, pushes cricket