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He was unpredictable, eccentric, childlike and perhaps suffered from mental retardation…he would leave the dugout to follow passing fire trucks to fires..he was an alligator wrestler during the offseason…he was an alcoholic…his career would wind through a number of teams due to constant battles with players and managers…he would die at age 37 (four years after his final game). BUT…He still holds the season record for K’s by a southpaw (349)…he had 193 career wins…he had a career 2.16 ERA with 50 shutouts…AND elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946 – RUBE WADDELL
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Fascinating play-be-play account of the first professional game.
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ONLY WEEKS AFTER PEARL HARBOR, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis placed the fate of Major League Baseball in the hands of President Franklin Roosevelt. "What do you want [baseball] to do?" Landis asked FDR. "If you believe we ought to close down for the duration of the war, we are ready to do so immediately. If you feel we ought to continue, we would be delighted to do so. We await your order."

Within two days, Landis had his answer. President Roosevelt stayed baseball's demise and gave the game a valuable gift. In the "Green Light" letter, FDR told Landis that he personally considered baseball "thoroughly worthwhile." He further encouraged the commissioner to schedule more night baseball games so day-shift workers could "see a game occasionally." With "orders" from the president, baseball initiated an energetic campaign to support the war in every conceivable way. Patriotism joined the roster.
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TROY, NY, June 28, 1871--The Philadelphia Athletics and Troy Haymakers had quite an offensive slug-fest during the first season of Professional Baseball. 82 total runs on 74 hits with 14 doubles, 9 triples, and just 3 homers!

http://www.historicboxscores.com
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FT. WAYNE, IN, May 4, 1871--The first professional league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, lasted from 1871 to 1875. The first game on the schedule that year was a contest between the Cleveland Forest Cities and Ft. Wayne Kekiongas on May 4 making it the first professional game. Note that box scores of that era did not include 'at bats.'

http://www.historicboxscores.com
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Before radio, this was the only way to keep up with a live game if you weren't in attendance. These monstrosities, called a "Playograph" were operated by two people who receive details of the game via telegraph from an operator at the game. The one pictured here is from Game 8 of the 1912 "World's Series."
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The box score from Babe Ruth's major league debut with heading "Recruit Gets Try-Out." From The Cincinnati Enquirer - 12 July 1914.
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Early magazines and newspapers chronicled the sudden and phenomenal growth of baseball in the 1860's. The years immediately following the Civil War would witness, in the words of the Chicago Tribune in 1866, "the arrival of the Age of Baseball." The Paterson (New Jersey) Press described a baseball "frenzy" in the city. The nearby Newark Advertiser added in 1868, "People have baseball on the brain to an extent hitherto unequaled." The Spirit of the Times noted in 1867 that "Of all out of door sports, base-ball is that in which the greatest number of our people participate either as players or as spectators." Another national periodical conservatively estimated that 2,000 organized baseball clubs graced the nation that year. California alone boasted as many as 100 clubs.
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The first World's Series was held in 1903 and you could get your hands on the Game Program for 5-cents. Today, there are only 2 known to exist. One is in the Hall-of-Fame, while the other sold at auction for $241,500 in Nov, 2011. Surely there must be another copy or two floating around out there. Did your great-great-grandfather attend the first World's Series? Check the attic -- maybe there's a quarter-of-a-million-dollar find hidden away in a box of old books!
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Box Score from the game held on Aug 28, 1865 - Note the score and the duration of the game.
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