America’s Pastime: Baseball

Bat-and-ball games were already being played in England in the mid-18th century, when immigrants brought their games to the U.S. Eventually, the game began to evolve into what we know as baseball today, and by the late 19th century, baseball was considered the national sport of the United States.

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