Baseball seems always to have lived more in myth that in history. Children in England and the United States had been playing variants of the game for years such as rounders, one o’ cat, and base. In 1845, some young men in Manhattan organized themselves into the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and wrote down the rules of the game they were playing. Twenty years later dozens of baseball clubs in New York and Brooklyn, and their
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and legendary aggressiveness made him into one of the best second basemen who ever played the game.
Currently, baseball is integrated in that there are large numbers of African-American and Latin players; it is not unusual for a starting lineup to have a minority of whites. Still, the higher echelons managers, general managers, and owners are almost completely white, and there are many fewer African-American catchers and pitchers than there are outfielders and first basemen.