Opening Pitch: Professional Baseball's Inaugural Season
By the start of the 1870s, the game of "base ball" had been building momentum for a couple of decades as the new national past time. From Boston to ... Show synopsis By the start of the 1870s, the game of "base ball" had been building momentum for a couple of decades as the new national past time. From Boston to New York to Philadelphia, base ball "clubs" had been forming around the country. From the first game to be reported in a newspaper in 1853 to the first all-star game in 1858 to the first fully professional baseball team in 1869, minor and major milestones ultimately led to the formation of the first professional baseball league. In Opening Pitch: Professional Baseball's Inaugural Season, 1871, Warren Wilbert chronicles the events leading up to the sport's first official season. Highlighting the key players both on and off the field, Wilbert provides a fascinating history of the sport's highs and lows, culminating in the historic season when baseball officially evolved from amateur athletics to the professional sport that all of America embraced. Opening Pitch provides a close look at the teams that participated in league play, including the New York Knickerbockers, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the Chicago White Stockings, the Troy Haymakers, the New York Mutuals, the Fort Wayne Kekiongas, the Cleveland Forest Citys, the Washington Olympics, and the Philadelphia Athletics.