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Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about baseball.

American Treasures: Baseball Cards (Exhibition) Learn about the early history of baseball cards.

American Treasures: Baseball Songs (Exhibition) Learn about the birth of baseball songs.

American Treasures: Breaking the Color Line (Exhibition) Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League baseball in the twentieth century.

American Treasures: The Cincinnati Reds (Exhibition) In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings was the first all-professional baseball team in America.

American Treasures: Grand Baseball Match (Exhibition) View an 1879 baseball broadside.

American Treasures: A Letter from Jackie Robinson (Exhibition) In this 1947 letter to friend, Ralph Norton, Jackie tells about his debut as the first African American to play major league baseball.

American Treasures: Jackie Robinson Papers (Exhibition) Read Jackie Robinson's speech attributing his success to America's status as "a free society."

American Treasures: The Jackie Robinson Story (Exhibition) Jackie Robinson starred in a 1950 feature film about his life.

American Treasures: The Mighty Casey (Exhibition) American composer and educator, William Schuman, spent from 1951 to 1953 working on his first opera based on the poem Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer.

Baseball ABC (Rare Book) Browse the pages of this colorful alphabet book published in 1885 by the McLoughlin Brothers in New York.

Branch Rickey’s Scouting Report on Don Drysdale (Document) Read Branch Rickey's 1954 scouting report on eighteen-year-old Don Drysdale.

Join America at Play: Batter Up (America's Library) Answer questions to baseball history questions to make a base hit in this fact filled baseball trivial game.

Join America at Play: Play Ball (America's Library) Read stories about baseball – America's national pastime.

Today in History (August 6, 1890) Cy Young (Today in History) On August 6, 1890, Cy Young pitched his first professional game.

Today in History (December 22, 1862)The Tall Tactician (Today in History) Meet Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy of early major league baseball fame (Philadelphia Athletics) who was born on this date in 1862.

Today in History (July 7, 1906) Satchel Paige (Today in History) - Baseball pitcher Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige was born on July 7, ca. 1906, in Mobile, Alabama.

Today in History (July 18, 1927) Ty Cobb the Georgia Peach (Today in History) - On July 18, 1927, Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career hit.

Today in History (October 1, 1961) Home Run Kings (Today in History) On October 1, 1961, Roger Maris hit homerun number 61 and broke Babe Ruth's 1927 record for the most home runs in a single season. On October 1, 1903, the first game of the modern World Series was played.

Today in History (October 15, 1972) World Series Commemoration (Today in History) On this date, Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the second game of the World Series commemorating the 25th anniversary of his becoming the first African-American to play in modern Major League Baseball.

We are the Champions (Wise Guide) Browse a sampling of baseball resources in the Library of Congress collections in this entertaining article.