America’s Pastimes


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Baseball is a sport that is played worldwide. It is very popular; in fact, baseball is the 3rd most popular sport in the United States. The game of baseball was invented by a man by the name of Abner Doubleday. It has been a debate for years if Abner Doubleday actually invented baseball, but later it was proven that he, in fact, did invent baseball. The first game of baseball was played in 1846 between the New York Knickerbockers and the New York Nine. The New York Nine dominated the New York Knickerbockers with a score of 23-1. After this, baseball started to become and more popular. Baseball leagues were starting to establish across the country. The game of baseball has evolved since then, and is now very popular and played all over the world. Pottsville’s baseball team, the Crimson Tide’s season is coming to a close, with only key league games remaining. Our own Mr. Terefencko is one of the coaches of the high school baseball team!


Softball is a sport that is also played across the country; it is also a very popular sport. In popularity, across the US, softball ranks very high. Unlike baseball, softball has a known inventor of the sport, and that is George Hancock. Hancock was a reporter who invented softball. A fun fact about softball is it gets the name “softball” from the origin of the
sport. In the first games of softball, the ball was soft and easy to hit, but since then, the game has evolved and the ball is much harder now. The first game of softball was played in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois. The game was played between Harvard and Yale alumni at a country club. Ever since that day, girls across the country have had the opportunity to play this exciting sport! Being similar to baseball, softball has developed and is now a very popular sport played across the US. In Lady Tide softball, the season is also coming to a close with 6 more games left in the regular season. 5th grade teacher Miss Shappell is also one of the coaches for the Lady Tide.

Both baseball and softball are very interesting exciting games! You should stop by to see one of their games sometime!