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Information

Spring training for these teams takes place in February and March.  Each team then plays 162 games during the regular season which goes from late March/early April through early October.  The post season begins in October and consists of the Division Series (best of 5), the League Championship Series (best of 7) and the World Series (best of 7). 


The following books provide useful information about the game of baseball:

The Everything Kids' Baseball Book - Greg Jacobs

Baseball Field Guide - Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger 

The Best of Everything Baseball Book - Nate LeBoutillier

Baseball (DK Eyewitness Books) -  James E. Kelley

Scholastic Ultimate Guide to Baseball - James Buckley Jr.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark - Josh Leventhal

Sports Illustrated The Baseball Book - Editors of Sports Illustrated   


A League of Their Own - 1992 - PG

Slow Moe - 2010 - NR

A Kid in King Arthur's Court - 1995 - PG

A Mile in His Shoes - 2011 - PG

Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch - 2008 -G

42 - 2013 - PG-13

For the Love of the Game - 2000 - PG-13

Home Run Showdown - 2011 - NR

The Natural - 1984 - PG

The Rookie - 2002 -G

National League

East

Atlanta Braves - Turner Field

Miami Marlins - Marlins Park

New York Mets - Citi Field

Philadelphia Philies - Citizens Bank Park

Washington Nationals - Nationals Park

Central

Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field

Cincinnati Reds - Great American Ball Park

Milwaukee Brewers - Miller Park

Pittsburgh Pirates - PNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium III

West

Arizona Diamondbacks - Chase Field

Colorado Rockies - Coors Field

Los Angeles Dodgers - Dodgers Stadium

San Diego Padres - PETCO Park

San Francisco Giants - AT & T Park


About Major League Baseball

There are two professional baseball leagues in North America controlled by Major League Baseball (MLB): the American League and the National League.  Each league contains fifteen teams and is divided into 3 divisions: East, Central and West.  The following are the teams from each League and the stadiums in which they play:

American League

East

Baltimore Orioles - Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

New York Yankees - Yankee Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays - Tropicana Field

Toronto Blue Jays - Rogers Centre

Central

Chicago White Sox - U.S. Cellular Field

Cleveland Indians - Progressive Field

Detroit Tigers - Comerica Park

Kansas City Royals - Kauffman Stadium

Minnesota Twins - Target Field

West

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Oakland Athletics - Oakland-Alameda County Stadium

Seattle Mariners - Safeco Field

Texas Rangers - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

Houston Astros - Minute Maid Park

    

Please Note: The information and resources provided below are for informational purposes only and do not constitute a recommendation by our organization.    We have made our best effort to be as inclusive as possible. 

Baseball History

Baseball was first played in 1845 in New York. A man by the name of Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. came up with the idea for baseball. One day he showed a group of young men playing a ball game a diagram he had for a new type of game. His idea was to have four bases on the playing field arranged in a diamond shape each being 90 feet apart from the next base. He assigned three outfielders and a player at each base. He also put an extra player in between second and third base because the ball was often hit in that area. He called the position shortstop. Also there could only be nine players on the field for each team and they had to have a batting order predetermined before the game. He proposed a rule "three hands out, all out". These rules are similar to today's rules but there were some differences. Back then the pitcher had to underhand the ball to the batter, players did not wear gloves and you could get a runner out by pegging him. Those rules have been modified over the years but a lot of the original rules are still used today.

 

Entertainment

Baseball Books (Author, Titile(s), Suggested Grade Level)

David Kelly  - (Ballpark Mysteries) The Fenway Foul-Up, The Pinstripe Ghost, The L.A. Dodger, The Astro Outlaw, The All-Star Joker, The Wrigley

      Riddle, The San Francico Splash, The Missing Marlin - (Grades 1-4) 

Mike Lupica - The Big Field, Safe at Home, Heat, The Bat Boy, Heavy Hitters -  (Grades 3-7)                   

Tim Green - Rivals, Best of the Best, Baseball Great, Pinch Hit, Force Out, New Kid - (Grades 3-7)  

Matt Christopher - The Kid Who Only Hit Homers, Miracle at the Plate, Catcher with a Glass Arm, Return of the Home Run Kid, Baseball

   Turnaround, The Fox Steals Home, Baseball Fly Hawk, Challenge at Second Base, Little Lefty, Power Pitcher, The Lucky Baseball Bat, Baseball

   World Series, Perfect Game, Play Ball, District Double Header, State Showdown - (Grades 3 -7)

Cal Ripken Jr. - Hothead, Super Slugger, Super Sized Slugger, Wild Pitch, Squeeze Play - (Grades 3-7) 

John Ritter - The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Over the Wall, Fenway Fever, Choosing Up Sides, The Desperado Who Stole Baseball - (Grades 5-9)


The following books contain some mature content.  Books should only be read with parent permission.

Carl Deuker - Heart of a Champion, High Heat, Painting the Black

Steve Kluger - The Last Days of Summer

Dirk Hayhurst - Bullpen Gospels, Out of My League,  Bigger than the Game

Jordan Sonnonblick - Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip

Alan Gratz - Samurai Baseball

Ron Koertge - Shakespeare Bats Ceanup, Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs 

W.P. Kinsella - Shoeless Joe

Michael Lewis - Moneyball

John Feinstein - Where Nobody Knows Your Name    


Baseball Movies (Title, Year Made, Rating)

Note that some older movies with a PG rating may contain inappropriate language or content.

The Perfect Game - 2009 - PG

Everyone's Hero - 2006 - G

Little Big League - 1994 - PG

The Bad News Bears - 2005 - PG

Rookie of the Year - 1993 - PG

Angels in the Outfield - 1994 - PG

The Final Season - 2007 - PG

Field of Dreams -  1989 - PG

Moneyball - 2012 - PG-13

Fever Pitch - 2013 - PG-13

The Sandlot - 1993, Sandlot 2 - 2005, The Sandlot: Heading Home 2007 - PG



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