A Little History

Baseball's earliest known description was found from 1744 British publication, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, by John Newberry. Semiproffesional baseball didn't start in the U.S. until the 1860's. Proffesional baseball started in the U.S. around 1869.

Gameplay

Field

The field is made up of dirt, and grass, 4 bases, and 9 players per team. The infield is dirt, around the bases, around the pitchers mound it is grass. The outfield is all grass, and is split into three, left field, right field, and center field. Around the field, where the lines that keep extending in the two directions, called the foul lines, in the flash, to the left, and below, is dirt. The distance between each base is around 27.4 meters. The distance from home plate through center field, to the fence on the other side is around 390 feet to 435 feet.

 

History of Baseball in the Olympics

Baseball became an Olympic sport in 1904 in St. Louis. In 1936 Berlin, two American teams played each other. After a 20-year hiatus, Olympic baseball returned but with tournament formatting. Baseball became an official sport in the 1992 Summer Olympics, witht the firmiliar eight team tournament.

 

Rules

These are the rules for the Olympics Baseball. The rules get changed around every year, so the rules that we have now, are most likely not the rules we had 10 years. Click here to go a site with the rules!

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Baseball." Wikipedia . Wikipedia. 29 Jan. 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball>.

"Baseball Rules & Regulations." Baseball Almanac . 29 Jan. 2008 <http://www.baseball- almanac.com/rulemenu.shtml>.