History of Baseball by Chris Diesso

Events

Tip Cats

2400 BC

Wooden tip cats are discovered among the remains of Rahun, in the Fayoom, Egypt. It has been claimed these short wooden objects, pointed on each end may have been used in the ancient form of the game later known as Cat.

Ancient Games

2000 BC

Lydians, Persians, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians play primitive ball games for fun, fertility and religious rituals.

Proof In Egyptian Tomb

1460 BC

Inscriptions in Egyptian royal tombs show games using bats and balls.

Ancient Greece Ballplay

750 BC

Quote from the great physician Galen "the most strenuous form of ball playing is in no way inferior to other exercises.”

Biblical References

700 BC

"He will surely wind you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a large country. There you will die . . . " Isaiah 22:18.

Early Illustration

1200 AD

A writer named Harry Simmons in 1964, cited an English bat and ball picture from a genealogical roll of the Kings of England up to Henry III. Henry III died in 1269.

Baseball is Invented

1839 AD

Abner Doubleday created baseball in his backyard in New York.

Baseball has rules

1845 AD

Alexander Cartwright is credited for making up the rules for baseball.

Hall Of Fame

1936

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts it’s first five players,Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson.

The Mets Win!

1969 AD

The New York Mets in the World Series!

Strike!

1994 AD

The longest strike in baseball history beginning on August 12, and lasting until the next Spring.

Citi Field

2009

The $850 million ballpark that the New York Mets call home opened in 2009.