It’s every baseball fan’s dream: a foul ball sailing directly toward the very section in which they’re sitting. With eyes closed and hands raised up to the sky, they clasp their fingers at just the right moment, catching the ball and earning a round of applause from others in the crowd.
Baseball is often called America’s national pastime. After all, the sport has been played on U.S. soil for over 200 years. At first, amateurs competed using homemade equipment, but their hobby quickly gained new followers. Soon, then, baseball became incredibly popular.
By the mid-1800s, in fact, a number of baseball teams and associations had been formed. Then in 1903, two teams battled it out in the first ever World Series. Crowds packed in to see the Boston Americans take home the inaugural title, and baseball’s premier championship still draws huge audiences to this day.