Take Me Out To The Ballgame: A Historical Timeline Of Baseball
Our national pastime dates back just as far as our nation is old. Many remarkable events have happened over 200+ years. This timeline takes a look at baseball throughout it’s history as a sport. From amazing feats to barriers broken and everywhere in between, baseball has become a important part of our American culture, and is recognized today as one of the world’s most popular sports. With such a storied past, who knows what the next 200 years will bring!
1791: Baseball’s earliest roots founded in a bylaw in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
1839: Abner Doubleday is said to have invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York.
1845: Alexander Joy Cartweight creates the rules of baseball.
1846: The Knickerbockers and a team of cricket players play in the first official game in New York City.
1867: The first recorded curve ball is thrown by Candy Cummings.
1880: On June 12th, Lee Richmond pitches the first perfect game.
1882: The Beer and Whiskey League is created under the name of The American Baseball Association.
1890: Cy Young pitches in the Majors for the first time.
1900: The American League is founded.
1904: Alta Weiss becomes the first woman to play professional baseball for the Vermilion Independents.
1908: The famous song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is created.
1912: Fenway Park opens.
1918: The “Star-Spangled Banner” is sung at a baseball game for the first time.
1921: Baseball is heard for the first time over the radio.
1929: Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run.
1933: The first All-Star game is played.
1935: Crosley Field in Cincinnati hosts the first-ever night game.
1936: The Baseball Hall of Fame opens inducting Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Matthewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wager.
1941: Joe DiMaggio hits safely in 56 consecutive games from May 15th – July 17th. Ted Williams hits .406 for the entire season.
1943: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is created. 340 Major League players serve in World War II.
1947: The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first televised World Series.
1948: Satchel Paige begins his Major League career.
1954: The iconic World Series catch is made by Willie Mays of the New York Giants.
1961: Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth’s single season home run record with 61.
1964: The New York Yankees are purchased by CBS.
1965: The Astrodome opens on April 9th in Houston, Texas becoming the first domed stadium in Major League Baseball.
1972: Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson pass away.
1973: George Steinbrenner purchases the New York Yankees. The Designated Hitter rule is established.
1985: Pete Rose passes Ty Cobb’s all-time hits record of 4,192.
1989: Pete Rose receives lifetime ban from baseball for betting on games.
1994: No World Series is held due to a Player’s Strike.
1997: To honor Jackie Robinson, his number “42” is retired from all major and minor league teams.
1998: Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both pass Roger Maris’ single-season home run record with 70 and 66 respectively.
2007: On August 4th, Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s home run record of 755. On December 13th, US Sen. George Mitchell presents his infamous report regarding steroids.
2008: The final game in iconic Yankee Stadium is played on September 21st.