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The History of a Baseball Nation

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Well, we’ve already covered the fact that Major League Baseball is in full swing, but let us not forget that along with that comes a host of similar competitive and recreational ball games as well. Be it the kids’ competitive baseball or softball leagues, adult recreational softball leagues, or the little tykes and their tee-ball teams – this season is centered around a ball and a bat for so many individuals and families.

Because this sport is so deeply embedded in the hearts (and schedules) of so many Americans – both in the past and now – is the reason this sport has come to be known as “America’s favorite pastime.” In honor of the history behind this busy, busy season, we thought we’d share a little history on the sport.

  • The roots of baseball can be found in the English games of cricket and rounders & these games were brought to America by English immigrants.
  • Baseball originated before the American Civil War (1861-1865) as a humble game played on sandlots. (Seen the movie The Sandlot, anyone??)
  • Alexander Cartwright, a clerk in Manhattan, helped organize the first baseball club in 1842 & came up with the The Knickerbocker Rules, which became the basis for American baseball.
  • In 1846, the Knickerbockers rented Elysian Field in Hoboken, New Jersey and played the New York Club. This contest is considered the first baseball game between two teams. In this first game, pitches were thrown underhand and players did not wear gloves.
  • When baseball first started, games were played until one team reached 21. The concept of limiting a game to nine innings rather than 21 runs was introduced in 1857.
  • In 1858, the first organized league was formed: The National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP)
  • The first official baseball salaries were paid in to players on the Rockford, Illinois, club in 1867
  • In 1871, nine teams formed the National Association of Professional Baseball Players (NAPBP). These teams paid just $10 to join the league.
  • Out of the NAPBP came the beginnings of the National League, which played its inaugural season in the summer of 1876.
  • The only other competing league to last was the Western League, which in 1901 became the American League.
  • The leagues created the concept of their respective champions meeting in the World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League met the Boston Pilgrims of the American League in the first World Series in 1903.

Suffice it to say, baseball is deeply rooted in our history and our hearts. And given the way this game has not only lasted but has grown to be something so many individuals and families clutter their schedules with this time of year (in some form or another), I guess you could say America has become a bit of a Soft-, Tee-, and Base-ball Nation.

4″ x 1.37″ Left Chest



Tis the Season… for Baseball!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Well, yesterday officially kicked off a wonderful new season of a great American pastime: Baseball. And by “wonderful new season,” I mean WONDERFUL new season because the Cardinals started it off by beating the Marlins on their brand new home field! (No offense to any Marlins fans out there).

So, in celebration of the wonderful baseball season that’s now upon us, we thought we’d spotlight a design we digitized not too long ago.

This design was a 2.7″ x 3″ Left Chest, totaling in 13,031 stitches. This small design made use of 10 different colors!


What about you?! Are you working on any cool baseball projects right now? Or got any good in-office team rivalries??

Here’s where the Eteam stands:

Kristin Anderson = Team St. Louis Cardinals (and proud of it!)

Kristin Lamb = Team St. Louis Cardinals OR Texas Rangers (I asked if she was aware they are rivals. She said yes, but doesn’t care. 😛 )

Kristen Wigner = Not a baseball fan. (Please email her & let her know she is MISSING OUT!)

Scott Davis = Team Texas Rangers

Jeff Foster = Team Seattle Mariners, if he must choose. (But could also use a little more baseball spirit!)

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