Baseball Fans Day
annually on August 12th
Today we celebrate fans of America's pastime, baseball. Baseball evolved from a British game called rounders and is similar to the game of cricket. It was first documented in 1838, and in 1845, Alexander Joy Cartwright wrote rules for the New York Knickerbockers. The Cincinnati Red Stockings, formed in 1869, were the first professional baseball team. The National League was formed in 1876, and the American League was formed in 1903. The first World Series was held that same year.
In the first part of the twentieth century, big names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Dimaggio, and Ty Cobb took the field. African American players had their own major leagues from 1885 until 1951 and had their own stars, such as Satchell Paige. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in the major leagues.
Today there are 30 Major League teams that fans root for throughout the country. There are many more Minor League teams, as well as countless other lower level teams. Most of the players on those teams are fans of Major League Baseball themselves.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day like a true baseball fan! One way to do so would be to play the sport, whether as part of a pickup game with a group of friends or in a league. You could go to an MLB game or watch one on television. Make sure to eat some hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack, and sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." You could make a plan to visit all the MLB ballparks, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame. You could also watch Ken Burns' Baseball, a film about baseball, or read a book about baseball fans.