What Is the National Sport of America?

Baseball is sometimes referred to as “America’s pastime” and is still popularly regarded as America’s national sport, despite being less well-liked than football. Alexander Cartwright created baseball, as it is commonly known today, in 1845.

Cartwright based the activity on a Rounders-style game played in England. In 1846, a match between Cartwright’s Knickerbockers and the New York Baseball Club was played for the first time. The popularity of the sport was evident by the 1860s, and it was already being referred to as America’s “national pastime.”

Baseball still has a unique place in American society and in the American imagination, even though football’s Super Bowl regularly outperforms baseball’s World Series in terms of television ratings, according to The Atlantic.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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