History of Baseball

It’s that time of year again, a time for hot dogs and home runs. That’s right, we’re talking about baseball season. And while you may be looking forward to all the upcoming games, do you ever wonder about baseball’s past?

The Library of Congress bets you do, and has created a page of “Historic Baseball Resources” on its site. There you’ll find baseball collections (of cards, sheet music, guides, and more), images, and audio/video. View Thomas Edison’s 1898 film of a baseball game, kept on the American Memory site. Read the history behind the still popular song “Take me Out to the Ball Game.” And learn important dates in baseball history, like the first time Cy Young pitched professionally (August 6, 1890), when Jackie Robinson “broke the color line” (April 15, 1947), and the first “modern World Series” game (October 1, 1903).

Library of Congress Baseball Resources

Teachers can follow a featured link to the baseball section of the LOC’s Learning page and find lesson plans, a bibliography (that can be added to), and links to dozens of other resources.

Researchers may want to visit a page of baseball resource links, created by the staff of the Music Division of the Library of Congress’s Performing Arts Reading Room. Where, they point out, “one can find an extensive bibliography of published baseball music and songs.”

Now let’s play ball!

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