Timeline of baseball

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    history of baseball start-2000

  • Baseball is invented

    Baseball is invented
    Abner Doubleday is credited with inventing baseball in Cooperstown, New York.
  • Rules of baseball are created

    Rules of baseball are created
    Alexander Joy Cartwright develops the rules of baseball.
  • First Game

    First Game
    The first official game of baseball is played between the Knickerbockers and a group of cricket players.
  • National league

    National league
    The National League is established, with William Hulbert as president.
  • first african american baseball player

    first african american baseball player
    Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first African-American player in the Major Leagues.
  • Cy young

    Cy young
    Cy Young takes the mound in the Major Leagues for the first time.
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    Dead ball era

    The Dead Ball Era is generally considered to have lasted from the turn of the century into the beginning of the roaring '20s. As the name suggests the game used a "dead" or almost soft ball to play its game. The same ball was usually used for the entire game.
  • American leugue

    American leugue
    The American League is created.
  • First World series

    First World series
    The Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates play the first World Series.
  • Ty Cobb

    Ty Cobb
    Ty Cobb plays his first Major League game.
  • Fenway

    Fenway Park opens The first players' strike in Major League Baseball occurs.
  • Nation in war

    America enters WW1. Many major leaguers fight in the war. 1 year later the star spangled banner is sung at a major leugue baseball game.
  • Eight Men Out

    Eight Men Out
    In the most famous scandal in baseball history eight players from the Chicago White Sox, including "shoeless" joe jackson, are accused of throwing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
  • The great bambino

    The great bambino
    Babe Ruth is sold to the New York Yankees.
  • Lou Gehrig

    Lou Gehrig
    Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pipp in the Yankee lineup.
  • first night game

    Major League Baseball's first night game is played.
  • Hall of fame

    Hall of fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its first five players.
  • Iron Horse

    Iron Horse
    Lou Gehrig takes himself out of the lineup after 2,130 consecutive games. "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been to ballparks for seventeen years and I have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans."
  • WW2

    Pearl Harbor is bombed by Japan and the U.S. enters World War II.
    340 Major League players serve in World War II.
    The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is formed.
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson
    World War II ends. Jackie Robinson makes his Major League debut.
    An American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues since the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball, which had relegated black players to the Negro leagues for six decades.
  • First televised world series

  • Joe DiMaggio

    Joe DiMaggio
    Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement.
  • The move

    The New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers announce their moves to California.
  • The New York Mets

    The New York Mets
    Casey Stengel becomes manager of the expansion New York Mets.
  • Purchase of the Yankees

    Purchase of the Yankees
    CBS buys the Yankees.
  • 1969 world series

    1969 world series
    The New York Mets win the World Series against the Baltimore Orieles.
  • Tragedy

    Roberto Clemente dies in an airplane crash. Jackie Robinson dies.
  • Yankees new owner

    Yankees new owner
    George Stienbrenner buys the New York Yankees.
  • New home run king

    New home run king
    Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714 home runs.
  • Bill buckner

    Bill buckner
    Bill Buckner makes a game-ending error in the World Series.
  • Pete rose

    Pete rose
    Pete Rose is banned from baseball for betting on the game.
  • the year without a world series

    the year without a world series
    the longest and costliest strike in baseball history begins on August 12, and lasts until the following spring. The next year the Atlants braves would go on to win the world series.
  • Cal Ripken Jr.

    Cal Ripken Jr.
    Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig's streak with his 2,131st consecutive game.