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					The Expansion of Baseball
By: Tuyaymya Osuna Lauren Shade Jordan Habte

Early Baseball
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Social Clubs are formed in order to play games. Clubs start to challenge each other in the 1850’s, eventually forming leagues and teams.

Baseball and the Railroad System
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After uniting the east and west coasts with the invention of the railroad system in 1869, leagues could schedule games across the country and compete with each other. This helped entrepreneurs spread the word about baseball to different states.

The Expansion of Baseball in America
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After the formation of the continental railroad and the industrial age, baseball was spread throughout America and became known as “America’s Past Time”.

Challenged Origins
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Canadians claim baseball started in Canada. Russians claim baseball started in Russia with a game called Lapta. In England Spalding claimed baseball originated from a game called Double Day, named in honor of its creator, Abner Doubleday.

The International Spread of Baseball
Baseball spread internationally after its success in America.

Spalding’s Tour
 Spalding had a ship travel to different countries to introduce the game of baseball to different cultures such as New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Rome, France, Scotland, and Ireland. He was determined to make baseball known and appreciated world wide.

Baseball in Latin America and Hawaii
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Toward the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century baseball was beginning to be played by Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Hawaii. In 1946 the Pasqual brothers from Cuba made an attempt to start a Latin American league in the United States, but the league failed due to discrimination.

Latin America Cont.
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A student who had been studying in America went back to his country, Cuba, and taught dock men the game of baseball. As a result, Cuba is credited with having the second oldest baseball history. Baseball is still very popular in Cuba.

Baseball in Japan
 Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1873 by Horace Wilson and a visiting professor.  Baseball in Japan caught on very quickly and it is now the most popular sport in the country.

Media in Baseball
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Secretaries would go to games played by clubs and would take down minutes of the games then send them to newspaper. Clubs and players would be promoted in the newspaper. This led to the profession of the sports writer and professional baseball.

The Industrial age
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People moved to bigger cities. The invention of the clock allowed people to have free time. People could go to baseball games or play baseball on their own free time.

Baseball and the Military
 Much of the influence for playing baseball was introduce by military and its leaders.

Baseball in Europe
 After WWI in 1918, the French were properly introduced to the game of baseball.  After WWII in 1967 the National Baseball League of the United Kingdom competed in its 1st European Championship. Ever since then Britain has been more involved in the playing of baseball in both Europe and internationally.

Baseball at the Early 20th century
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By the early 20th century baseball had spread throughout the world.

Our National Past Time
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Now baseball is known here and across the world as America’s “National Past Time”.

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