Baseball is more than just a national pastime. It is a legend. Even its origins are mysterious. Allegedly founded by Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York, the game had roots in a prior game called "town ball," and originally teams could field as many as ten outfielders. The age of the apocryphal Doubleday changed all that, setting up a basic set of rules recognizable as what we call baseball today.
The game changed over the decades. The pitcher's mound became higher. The age of "dead ball" came to an end. Even how the balls are stored and transported changed. Cheating evolved as well. Initially, spitballs were legal in the game, but even spitball throwers would use Vaseline, bootblack, and other mysterious substances to put extra movement on pitches. Players used to cork their bats, drilling out the middle of the bat and inserting cork to decrease weight and increase bat speed. Now the cheaters cork their bodies, injecting dangerous substances to increase muscle mass and reduce recovery time.
The game is what it is, with all its history, its glories and its blemishes. How well do you know the game? Do you have it in your blood? Assemble your baseball organization, and we'll tell you how all-American you are.