Japanese Baseball Compared to Baseball in the U

Japanese Baseball Compared to Baseball in the U - Adam...

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Adam Cornwell Cornwell 1 IDS 121 .10 Term Paper Japanese Baseball Compared to Baseball in the United States “I see great things in baseball . It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism . Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set . Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us .” This is a quote from Walt Whitman explaining his views on the game of baseball . This quote could be said by any baseball fan, whether they are from America or in Japan . These two countries have been two of baseball’s biggest powerhouses since the game was first introduced . From the great American legends such as Babe Ruth, to Japanese Idol, Ichiro Suzuki, baseball is a game of great history and passion . These countries have plenty of it . In America, baseball is known as “America’s pastime” . It has been given this name primarily because it was created, and for many years, only played in the United States . Baseball was first introduced to America in 1876 but kicked into gear in the early 1900’s . There were many different leagues of organized baseball. The first official organizational league was the National Organization of Professional Baseball Leagues . This organization was split up into to two “major” leagues called the NL an AL, or National League and American League . The first official World Series was played in
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Adam Cornwell Cornwell 2 IDS 121 .10 Term Paper 1903 and was won by the Boston Red Sox, who were the American League representative 1 . Since the start of baseball in America, there have not been many changes made to the game . The league known as the NOPBL eventually changed its name to the MLB, or Major League Baseball . Another major change that was made was in 1973 when the American League decided to institute a designated hitter . The designated hitter was put in place to increase the amount of runs scored and in turn help attendance rise . Other than this major adjustment, nothing regarding the rules of this historic game has changed . Jack Buck, the former broadcaster of the St . Louis Cardinals, once said, “It's such a beautiful sport, with no politics involved, no color, no class . Only as a youngster can you play and as a pro can you win . The game has kept me young, involved and excited and for me to be up here with gems of baseball .” 2 This quote really exemplifies many American views toward the sport of baseball . Baseball in America is played in a signature style compared to the styles within many other countries . American fans significantly appreciate power in the game of baseball . A great example of this would be what is called by many: “the second coming of baseball” . After a strike shortened season in 1994 with no World Series to be played, fans were infuriated . Many loyal fans had trouble forgiving the league as well as coming out to the ballparks . At this time, baseball was at its lowest point in history. It wasn’t
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course IDS 201 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Illinois State.

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