Baseball and Sports Safety

Not only is baseball a thrilling game to watch, whether at a neighborhood park, at a stadium, or on television, but it's also enjoyable to play. Both kids and adults can swing the bat, run the bases, and catch balls as they fly out into the field. Playing baseball provides beneficial physical activity. While playing any sport, including baseball, players must observe safety guidelines to help prevent serious injuries.

Sports and Concussions

Playing some sports involves a risk of concussion. Baseball players can receive head injuries from accidents with the ball or with bats or in collisions with other players. For example, at home plate, when a runner is advancing to score, the catcher will try to catch the ball to get the runner out. This situation can set the stage for a forceful collision between the two players, which could result in head injuries. Sports programs are instituting specific guidelines for players who have had concussions to ensure that they do not begin playing again while they are still experiencing residual symptoms of their injuries.

Baseball: The Rules of the Game

The game of baseball involves a match between two teams of nine players. The teams play at least nine innings, during which they take turns playing offensively and defensively. The offensive team takes turns batting the ball and trying to run around the bases to score runs at home plate. The defensive team wears gloves out in the field and tries to catch the ball and use it to prevent the runners from scoring. The team with the most runs at the end of nine innings wins the game.

The History of Baseball

The American baseball legend tells the story of Abner Doubleday inventing the game in the summer of 1839. But a cursory examination of Doubleday's life reveals that he was attending West Point during this time and seemed to have little interest in sports. The real history of baseball indicates that it is based on the British games of rounders and cricket. English colonists probably brought these games with them to the New World, and baseball evolved from here. During the mid-1800s, men began organizing themselves into teams in New York City to play baseball games. Alexander Joy Cartwright receives credit as the author of the first baseball rules.

Appreciating the Greats

Throughout the game's lengthy history, many baseball players have played it exceedingly well. In 1936, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Cooperstown, NY. The charter members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner. This original induction occurred after members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted for players. This process still stands today for inducting players into the Baseball Hall of Fame.