Baseball in the Great Depression
A very large crowd crossed over the Hudson River to watch the New York Knickerbockers play the New York Nine in a Hoboken, New Jersey waterfront park called Elysian Fields in the first officially recognized baseball game.
It was a sunny Friday afternoon on June 19, 1846, and the Knickerbockers lost, 23-1. Over the next 84 years, the game of baseball had spread to every city, town and village in this country. Its popularity rose by leaps and bounds and it even survived a civil war, a world war and a couple bouts from the influence of gamblers.
But our National Pastime came of age and really defined itself during a period when our nation struggled through economic hardship on an enormous scale.
During the Great Depression, which started in late 1929 and lasted until the early 1940s, ...