No one knows for sure where the demanded baseball originated. However, most baseball fans will agree that the sport is based on the English game of rounders. In the United States, baseball became popular in the early 1800s, originally known as townball. At a later date, the sport was renamed baseball. Throughout this time period, the smaller communities formed teams, while the larger cities formed leagues.
There are questions about who the original founder of the baseball rules was. Some argue that Alexander Cartwright in 1845 published a list of rules that are still in effect today. However, others argue that it was Abner Doubleday who invented the game. However, most baseball historians believe that Alexander Cartwright originated baseball.
The first ever recorded baseball game was played in 1846 between Alexander Cartwright’s Knickerbockers who play the New York Baseball Club. The Knickerbockers lost the game at the Elysian Fields, in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1857, a meeting was held and more than 25 amateur teams from the Northeast clamored together to discuss the rules, among other things. The following year, the National Association of Base Ball Players was formed and teams, needing financial assistance to support the league, intermittently charged fans an admission fee.
The 1860s brought with it the Civil War and interest in baseball understandably waned. After the war, the popularity of baseball began to grow better than ever. The growth of the league resulted in fans being charged a regular admission fee to watch the games. The fees were necessary to support the league and ongoing travel. Winning became important. Although the league was made up of fans, sponsors occasionally paid players in secret so that amateur players did not leave the team. The idea of paid players eventually became the norm. Today, baseball is one of the favorite sports in North America.