We ‘re going to start today a three part article that will give you an inside on the past, present and future of baseball.
Starting off with The First Professional Baseball Team.
They were called the Cincinnati Red Stockings and started playing in the 1869. Ten men on salary for eight months from March 15th to November 15th. The team was organized by Harry Wright, who also played center field for the team and managed the defensive positioning, which was something that typically wasn’t done at that time.
The Cincinnati Red Stockings won their first game on May 4th, 1869 by a score of 45-9. They then went on to go 57-1 (wins-tie), touring the U.S. playing teams from Boston to San Francisco, something that had not been done before.
The following year, they won another 24 straight games before finally losing 8-7 in 11 innings against the Brooklyn Atlantics on June 14th. After their first loss, attendance declined substantially and they were disbanded the following year despite only losing 6 games all season.
Talk about a short history… but what a history it was.
Tomorrow will talk about the present baseball teams and their track record.