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Major League Baseball Rules - Rule 21: Misconduct
MISCONDUCT IN PLAYING BASEBALL. Any player or person connected with a club who shall promise or agree to lose, or to attempt to lose, or to fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any baseball game with which he is or may be in any way concerned; or who shall intentionally fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any such baseball game, or who shall solicit or attempt to induce any player or person connected with a club to lose, or attempt to lose, or to fail to give his best efforts towards the winning of any baseball game with which such other player or person is or may be in any way connected; or who, being solicited by any person, shall fail to inform his Major League President and the Commissioner...

Baseball and Pine Tar Bats
The ?Pine Tar? game was difficult for most involved, but Brett remembers the incident in fondly. When Brett had made a run at a .400 batting average in 1980 and helped Kansas City to the American League pennant, he suffered from hemorrhoids during the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillis. There were no shortage of reminders for him over the next few years of his amazing career...

Baseball During The War Time
Baseball has listened when America has needed to mourn or has been engaged in global conflict. In recognition of the deaths of Presidents Warren Harding in 1923 and Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1945, exhibition and regular season games were postponed. Because of World War I, the 1918 season was cut short by one month. When Allied forces invaded France, June 6, 1944, all of the day's games were canceled. Baseball again shut down completely after the tragedies of September 11 occurred in September 2001. Baseball was also a leader in telling America that it was time to return to work...

The Origins of Baseball (Part I)
Interest in baseball has not been sweeping the globe, like professional basketball and American football. Waning participation at the amateur level and unlike professional basketball and American football, interest in baseball has not been sweeping the globe. Declining participation at the amateur level and prolonged labor problems at the professional level have sent "America's Pastime" into an period of uncertainty. Despite this current hardship, baseball will always have an important place in American culture. This column begins a three fold look at the history of baseball...


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The Origins of Baseball (Part II)
Baseball was founded on the amateur leagues that preceded it. Baseball had become a spectator sport over the previous 25 years when the first professional league began to operate. The National Association had nine teams in 1871, but grew by 4 teams by 1875.

The Origins of Baseball (Part III)
Although professional baseball players had attempted to organize several times throughout baseball history, they were never as successful as other industries for their members. The Major League Baseball Players Association had been around for more than three decades, but was only dedicated to collecting and administering a small pension. Growing television revenues prompted the baseball players to strengthen their union in 1965.

The Best Baseball Team Ever
When professional baseball glamorously celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1969, an all-time all-star team was named and the 1927 Yankee team was singled out as the ?official? all-time best. The era of statistical and historical research was just beginning to form, but that designation has endured as established myth.

Chicago Cubs Baseball Team
The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are in the Central Division of the National League. The Chicago Cubs have been the only baseball team in the National League to stay in the same city for more than 100 years.  The Cubs' baseball park is called Wrigley Field. In 1920 Wrigley Field was called Weeghman Park. In 1926 William Wrigley, the creator of Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum, bought Weeghman Park and named it Wrigley Field after himself.

Chicago Cubs Information
The Chicago Cubs have played continuously in one city longer than any other franchise. Originally an amateur club, the team, then called the White Stockings, played in the National Association's inaugural season in 1871, but dropped out for two years after that. After rejoining in 1874, the franchise has continued to the present day. The National League was formed in 1876 by White Stockings president William Hulbert after four stars of the dynastic Boston club were lured to Chicago; Hulbert feared reprisals by the Red Stockings and the NA. The team won the pennant that year on the strength of the four Boston stars, especially the pitching of Al Spalding. Superstar Adrian Anson earned his nickname "Cap" when he was named manager in 1879. Often less than admirable (he was a major force in the creation of the color line), he was nonetheless one of the best players in the NL, winning three batting titles and leading in RBI four times. He spent 22 years playing in the NL, all for Chicago, and led the team to pennants in 1880-82 and 1885-86.


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Major League Baseball Rules - Rule 21: Misconduct
Baseball and Pine Tar Bats
Baseball During The War Time
The Origins of Baseball (Part I)
The Origins of Baseball (Part II)
The Origins of Baseball (Part III)
The Best Baseball Team Ever
Chicago Cubs Baseball Team
Chicago Cubs Information

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