Although connected to British games like “rounders” and cricket, American baseball was a novelty. A boys game that men played on a “field” in the cities.
It’s a game without a clock. A game of “threes” and “three squared” (bases, outs, innings, players). It’s the only game where the defense controls the ball.
It’s America’s game. Our original national past time. And it all started officially on this date.
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (original version)