It’s every baseball fan’s dream: a foul ball sailing directly toward the very section where 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, baseball became more and more popular.
By the mid-1800s, teams and baseball associations were forming. In 1903 two teams battled it out in the first World Series, a baseball championship that lives on today. Crowds packed in to see the Boston Americans take home the title just after the turn of the 20th century.