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Baseball Rules and Basics in 10 Minutes with SportSpectator

SportSpectator guide to Baseball
What is a force-out? What does it mean to steal a base? How does a player score a run? How does a team record an out? What is a fair ball? The SportSpectator Baseball Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial - professional baseball
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Fan's Guide to Baseball, Page 1 of 4: History & Object of the Game

Baseball player1- History & Object of the Game
2- The Essentials (Offense & Defense, Scoring, etc.)
3- Field Diagram & Positions
4- Glossary of Baseball Terms


Baseball began as a variation of the English game of “rounders,” a ball and stick game in which players circled bases after hitting a ball. The first official set of rules for baseball was published by Alexander Cartwright in 1845, and most major rule changes were established by 1900. Although it is played in several other countries, baseball is the most popular in the United States and is often referred to as our “national pastime.”

Object of the Game

To score more runs than the opposing team. The team with the most runs at the end of the game wins.


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