A Celebration of America’s Favorite Pastime
Posted on 04/04/2016
If you’re a fan of baseball, you might be rooting for the home team today. That’s because today marks the official start to the season for many Major League Baseball teams—Opening Day. The baseball season is a long one, stretching all the way into the fall; lasting a total of seven months. In celebration to the start of this season, let’s take a look at some of the history and culture of baseball in America.
A Brief Look Back
According to History.com, baseball dates all the way back to 1839 in New York City where Abner Doubleday is credited with developing the game by some. However, different variations were played dating back to the 18th century. The game of baseball closely resembles a mix between cricket and rounders, a child’s game brought to New England by colonists.
Today, the game we know and love is made up of 30 teams divided up into two leagues. The National League was formed in 1876 and the American League in 1901. The very first World Series game was held in 1903.
Seventh Inning Stretch
Ever wonder why everybody stands up in the middle of the seventh inning for the famous “seventh inning stretch?” With nine innings, it would make much more sense to occur halfway.
However, according to the Baseball Almanac, we might have US President William Howard Taft to thank for this tradition. Reportedly, he grew tired of sitting and rose to stretch his legs at a game. Since he was President at the time, everybody rose from their seats when he did as to show a sign of respect. Thus, the seventh inning stretch was born. Historians aren’t entirely sure if this is a true story, but it would explain the odd tradition.
Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jack
No surprise here, we’re a fan of how much food is a part of baseball. When you think of the ballpark, you might think of stretching your hand high in the air to get the attention of the man selling hot dogs with funny catchphrases. And who could forget the line “buy me some peanuts and crackerjack?” It’s an iconic phrase, and proves that many of us bond over food (and even singing about food).
Food is as much a part of baseball as it is for other sports, family functions, get-togethers and other important moments in our life. Come celebrate your next event or your next “just because” outing with us and some good food. It’ll be a homerun for all.