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History of the MLB: From early baseball beginnings to monumental moments

Baseball has a long history, dating back to 1846. On June 19, 1846, baseball was born. 

Since its original creation, it is considered America’s favorite pastime, from youth athletes to professionals.

In 1912, the first MLB stadium opened. As of 2023, there are 30 stadiums across the United States, and one in Canada, that serve as home fields for each MLB team.

Baseball has come a long way since its early days. Here is a look back through memorable baseball moments.

 

World Series crowd in 1947

The first MLB World Series television broadcast was in 1947. ( Irving Haberman/IH Images/Getty Images)

15. 1973: The designated hitter rule was established

The designated hitter rule was established in 1973. This rule allows a player to bat in place of the pitcher in the lineup. The designated hitter does not play the field and just plays offense for the team.

16. 1994: There was no World Series due to the players’ strike

The World Series was canceled in 1994 due to a players’ strike. The strike began on Aug. 12, 1994 over a salary cap proposal.

Ashlyn Messier is a writer for Fox News Digital. 

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