Why is baseball called “America’s pastime”?

Good question, considering that the slow-paced sport has been surpassed in popularity by American football (according to fan polls and ratings for televised games, anyway). Yet professional baseball has been mixed up with American culture – and history – longer than any other sport. Soldiers played it to pass the time during the American Civil War. American football, basketball, and soccer might deliver faster action and greater spectacle, but baseball leagues have more team rivalries, a greater wealth of stats for true fans to memorize, and a richer roaster of heroes (such as Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball). Teams play just about every day during baseball season, making the game more accessible to fans who want to spend the afternoon at the ballpark – a classic American setting.


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