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  1839 – Abner Doubleday invents the game of baseball in Cooperstown, NY.
  1890 – Cy Young pitches his first Major League game.
  1900 – The American League is created.
  1903 – The first World Series is played between the Boston Americans and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  1921 – A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, radio station broadcasts the first live baseball game in history.
  1929 – Babe Ruth hits his 500th home run.
  1933 – The first All-Star game is played in Chicago, Illinois.
  1936 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame inducts its first class of players.
  1939 – The first televised baseball game is broadcast from Ebbets Field.
  1947 – Jackie Robinson plays his first Major League game.
  1973 – With his 715th career home run, Hank Aaron becomes the all-time home run leader.
  1994 – The baseball season is cut short by a players strike.
  1995 – Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played.
  1998 – Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa break Roger Marris’s single-season home run record, a record that stood for nearly 40 years.
  2004 – The Boston Red Sox win their first World Series in 86 years.
  2006 – Barry Bonds hits his 715th home run and moves to number two on the all-time home run list.

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Alex Rodriguez image courtesy of the New York Yankees.

Ted Williams and Ty Cobb photos: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

1956 All-Star Game photo: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library