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  • Eric Tipton (1915 - 2001)
    Eric Gordon Tipton (April 20, 1915 – August 29, 2001) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds. Also known as a college foot...
  • Claude Corbitt (1915 - 1978)
    Claude Elliott Corbitt (July 21, 1915 – May 1, 1978) was an American professional baseball player, an infielder who appeared in 215 Major League games over four seasons for the Brooklyn Dodger...
  • Wayne Ambler (1915 - 1998)
    Wayne Harper Ambler (November 8, 1915 – January 3, 1998) was an American professional baseball player whose career spanned six season, including three in Major League Baseball with the Philade...
  • George "Juice" Warren Latham (1852 - 1914)
    Jumbo Latham This article was written by Scott Fiesthumel. George Warren "Juice" Latham was born September 6, 1852, in Utica, New York, to Amy Victory Latham and Charles Latham, a constable and one of ...
  • Edmund Bacon FitzGerald (1926 - 2013)
    From LATIMES : Edmund B. Fitzgerald dies at 87; known for baseball, shipwreck ties Edmund B. Fitzgerald helped bring the Brewers to Milwaukee. A freighter that famously sank in Lake Superior was na...

This project is dedicated to all those who have made baseball America's pastime.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The goal is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot square, or diamond. Players on one team (the batting team) take turns hitting against the pitcher of the other team (the fielding team), which tries to stop them from scoring runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team can stop at any of the bases and later advance via a teammate's hit or other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn at bat for each team constitutes an inning and nine innings make up a professional game. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.

Evolving from older bat-and-ball games, an early form of baseball was being played in England by the mid-eighteenth century. This game and the related rounders were brought by British and Irish immigrants to North America, where the modern version of baseball developed. By the late nineteenth century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball on the professional, amateur, and youth levels is now popular in North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and parts of East Asia. The game is sometimes referred to as hardball, in contrast to the derivative game of softball.

In North America, professional Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are divided into the National League (NL) and American League (AL). Each league has three divisions: East, West, and Central. Every year, the major league champion is determined by playoffs that culminate in the World Series. Five teams make the playoffs from each league: the three regular season division winners, plus two wild card teams. The two wild card teams play in a winner takes all game to determine who plays the team with the best record in each league. Baseball is the leading team sport in both Japan and Cuba, and the top level of play is similarly split between two leagues: Japan's Central League and Pacific League; Cuba's West League and East League. In the National and Central leagues, the pitcher is required to bat, per the traditional rules. In the American, Pacific, and both Cuban leagues, there is a tenth player, a designated hitter, who bats for the pitcher. Each top-level team has a farm system of one or more minor league teams. These teams allow younger players to develop as they gain on-field experience against opponents with similar levels of skill.




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