Baseball still has “firsts”
The New York Knickerbockers were the first team, founded on September 23, 1845 and the first game played under rules that are similar to those today took place in 1846, as the Knickerbockers took on a team that called themselves the “New York Nine”.
The first baseball league, the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs – which is the same National League that we have today – was founded in 1876. The first World Series between the first two “major leagues,” the National League and the American League, was played in 1903 between the Boston Americans of the American League and the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. Boston won this first World Series, which was then a nine-game series, five games to three.
Now that the 2015 season has come to completion, if you go back to the year the first major league was formed, that would make professional baseball 139 years old. Most start counting the years that both major leagues were in play (the American League, formed in 1900, became a “major league” in 1901), making Major League Baseball as we know it today 114 years old.
Since then, many games have been played and while some things have changed, a lot of the rules and regulations surrounding the game and its record-keeping have remained the same. After 114 seasons of Major League Baseball, one would assume that all the things that could be accomplished in the sport, both on and off the field, have already been accomplished.
That assumption would be incorrect. Almost every season, someone in Major League Baseball does something that no one else has done ever before, and the 2015 season had its fair share of “firsts.”
There were batting “firsts,” like Paulo Orlando of the Kansas City Royals, who became the first player in big-league history to have each of his first three major league hits be a triple, with two of those triples coming in his second career MLB game on April 12. There were pitching “firsts,” like Cincinnati Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman becoming the fastest pitcher to get his 500th strikeout – in just 292 career innings. Many amazing feats happened during the 2015 regular season, and even on into the postseason.
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