Tickets: $25 – 29
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Pop quiz: where was baseball actually “born?” Nope, not upstate. Not in New Jersey or Long Island. But actually right here in New York City. With baseball season in full swing, it’s time to learn about the origins of one of America’s greatest pastimes, and explore its humble beginnings in the heart of Manhattan.
Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the origins of baseball, and trace the early history of the sport as it developed in New York before quickly spreading across the country.
Led by veteran tour guide and sports nut John Semlak, our experience through the streets of Manhattan, from Bowery to Broadway, will include:
• The story of baseball’s evolution in America, from the earliest known written records of the sport in the early 1800s, to the formation of the first baseball clubs, to the founding of the National League in 1876
• A stop at sites that were pivotal to baseball’s development, from former playing fields, to buildings that once hosted the earliest conventions, to where the 'NY' logo of the New York Yankees was originally made
• Opportunities to debunk some common baseball myths, including where the first game was played and who the father of baseball really was
• Replicas of 19th-century baseball artifacts to pass around including a hat, baseball, and bat
*Please bring a water bottle and comfortable pair of shoes as we’ll be on our feet for the duration of the experience!
**Restrooms are not easily accessible on the tour
***Our experience ends at Union Square
John Semlak is a veteran tour guide, amateur historian, and all around sports nut. He specializes in historical walking tours and blogs about the city's history on his website, Explore New York History (http://www.explorenewyorkcityhistory.com/). He's an active member of the Guides Association of New York City and the Society of American Baseball Researchers.
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