Keeping History Alive
THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL AND THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY GO HAND IN HAND.
The game of baseball has evolved much as we have evolved as a nation.
“Baseball” wrote Mark Twain, “is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive and push, and rush, and struggle of the …booming 19th Century. Baseball evolved into the favorite American sport because it is fast-paced and physical”.
“Next to religion, baseball has furnished a greater impact on American life than any other institution”. President Herbert Hoover
“Baseball is something more than a game to an American boy: it is his training field for life work”. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Baseball is Life
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of New York
The New York Mutuals play base ball by various years in the 19th century, but represent the 1870 National Champion Mutuals wearing replicas of the actual uniforms worn by that team. Our mission is to educate the public as to the roots of our National Pastime, Baseball. The club was established in 1999 as an extension of the Old Time Base Ball program at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage, New York. The Mutuals travel all across the country playing established teams as well as instructing new players how the game was played. The team has played in 15 different states and Canada. The players are all experienced 19th century base ball players with a vast knowledge of the different rules, customs, and history of the game. The team is available to help celebrate your event.
“Everyday is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is”. Bob Feller (HOF)
Effects on our Language
The inclusion of many baseball terms and metaphors has become common in the English language. Terms like Grand Slam, “hit it out of the park”, rain check, a ballpark figure, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over”, touch base, “it’s a whole new ball game”, and more have found their way into everyday usage. In fact, enhancing prison sentences is termed “3 strikes and you are out!”.
The economics of baseball has not just produced billions of dollars for business(and players), but has created unique jobs, cottage industries, and professional opportunities for millions of Americans. Moreover, baseball has lead to the development of foreign manufacturers as well as increased trade and economic exchanges. Baseball at all levels (MLB, minor leagues, college, high school, youth, etc) has provided an economic basis for big business and entrepreneurs alike!