History of Baseball

These links are general or comprehensive in nature. For more specific links, check the separate subject listings.

National Baseball Hall of Fame
You could spend HOURS clicking around this HUGE site. Online exhibits, the research library, games and activities--you name it, they have it!

Library of Congress Old-time Baseball Card Collection
Go WAY back to the beginnings of the sport with this exhibit, which shows you cards from 1887 to 1914. Among the famous pros featured are Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Ty Cobb.

Negro Leagues
Get the true story of the Negro Leagues, which featured some of the greatest players never to have played in the Major Leagues.

The Baseball Archive
This is online home of the Baseball Encyclopedia, which has EVERY at-bat and pitch for EVERY player who EVER played in the Major Leagues.

Famous Firsts
A very detailed listing of firsts from the Baseball Almanac.

Today in Baseball History
Click on any date on the calendar to discover what happened on that date in baseball history.

Captain Abner Doubleday
Learn more about the Army captain who, legend has it, invented baseball.

Babe Ruth: Baseball's Titanic Presence
Babe Ruth was one of American baseball's most famous, iconic, maddening, and talented players. He single-handedly played the way the game was played and the way fans regarded ballplayers.

The 'Curse of the Bambino'
The "Curse of the Bambino" was a superstition attributed to the sale of American baseball legend Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1919. The sale, the story goes, relegated the Red Sox, one of the winningest baseball franchises in the early part of the 20th Century, to also-rans for decades to come and elevated the Yankees, previously not so successful, into a dynasty that has won 27 World Series championships. Frazee announced the deal on December 26, 1919, and the deal was completed on January 3, 1920.

Baseball in the 19th Century
This is when baseball first started. Just about everything was different from what it is today. Get the story from the very first days.

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