History of baseball

History of Baseball

The history of baseball revolves around Massachusetts which is now famous for their team The Boston Red Sox. Back then it was a gentlemen’s game. You would tell the pitcher if you wanted the ball a little higher or a little lower. You could also make a catch off of the first bounce and it would be an out. It has now changed into the competitive game it is today. The game now revolves around money and is not based around the gentlemen aspect it used to be in the early form of the game.

The earliest form baseball was mentioned was in 1791 Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It was played with a soft ball and no baseball gloves. The rules were modified from todays. Now the game is played with gloves, a hard ball, and is not as much of a gentlemen’s game as it used to be. The growth of the game was partially due to the variations of cricket that were played on the East coast areas. They played games called town ball and other variations of it which quickly spread and brought baseball what it is today.

After the game picked up and started to become more famous of course they decided to make a professional league. With this the sport started to grow even more rapidly that it did before. The people playing the game at the time weren’t playing it for money, but because it was what they loved to do. By the time the professional league came around baseball was played the way it is today. The only difference was players were not payed the big salary that they are now. Babe Ruth, one of the most famous players of the game was only payed $80,000 a year at the time. Which now translates to 1.6 million. This may seem like a lot, but Clayton Kershaw was payed $35,571,428 this year alone.

Finally we talk about the dead-ball era. This was a time between 1900 and 1919 which was a time where pitchers such as Cy Young completely dominated the major leagues. Each game was very low scoring and undesirable to watch. At this time it seemed as if the pitching had gotten to the point where the batters would not be able to catch up. People were thinking that they were going to have to either change the rules to give the hitters an advantage or disable pitchers in one way or another.

In conclusion baseball hasn’t always been the sport it is today. There are a huge selection of reasons it is played the way it is today. Everything from the change in rules to the massive change in following and salary. There are key players that formed the game into the way it is now as well as cities that changed it. Baseball had a series of fortunate events to change the rules so people would enjoy it, have cities follow it and fund professional sports teams, and gain following so it would be the sport it is today.

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Disney’s Biggest Secret

 

Chances are you have no idea what club 33 is. You are not alone. Club 33 is a hidden club inside Disneyland on the original side. This club is hidden in plain sight as it is in the middle of New Orleans Square. There is a door with the number 33 next to it. Although this club is unheard of by most the wait list to get in is not a short one. The waiting list is years long and that isn’t accounting for the costly payments you will be paying to maintain a membership.

The 1964 World’s Fair proved to be such an opportunity and Walt decided to not only give investors an incentive to hop on board with Disney but to reward his imagineers. The name club 33 has many explanations, but if you ask a cast member at Disney they will tell you it comes from the address on Royal Street. While Walt Disney was at the world fair, he visited many VIP clubs and lounges for sponsors and valued customers. He loved and enjoyed the idea of a VIP lounge so much that he brought it to Disney land. There are conspiracies that there are hidden lounges spread out through Disney World in Florida, but these conspiracies have not been proven.

Although access to a membership at Club 33 can be extensive and expensive it is worth the cost. Not only do they grant you access to the club but you can request to ride the train, mark twain, and get access to the club at the other park. This exclusive club on the other side of the park is known as club 1901. It is a lounge area where members can order snacks and beverages. It is a cozy, California style hang out area. It is names 1901 after the year Walt Disney was born. These benefits are just the ones we know about. Who knows what else could be hidden away.

I did some research of my own and found something nobody has ever been able to prove. After looking at the Disney website I found that if you look up club 33 one of the results is a club 33 magic band. When you open this link it leads to a step by step process on how to get a club 33 pass. This proves that there must be more than the clubs at Disney Land. First it talks about the process of how you get your special magic band verified to enter club. Only the Disney World in Orlando uses magic bands. This means that there must be a club 33 of sorts located in Disney World.

In conclusion Disney’s club 33 has remained to be Disney’s best kept secret in the park. For all we know there is still more to be discovered about club 33. Although the benefits of the club membership can be very tempting, remember a membership has been said to be up to $10,000 a year. Whether it is worth it or not is up to you although I do not find it worth it unless you have money to throw around, or you are so passionate about the park. The mystery of the locations of the club have yet to be discovered and hopefully will soon be leaked or confirmed one way or another. Until all these facts have been confirmed all club 33 Disney World is, is a myth.

 

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A teacher, a mother, a role model… Mrs. Willford

Ask anyone that’s every taken an AP class who their favorite teacher was, you are sure to hear them say Mrs. Willford. She is hardworking and cares so much about her students. Through all the things she has to teach us, Mrs. Willford always finds a way to make an activity fun. But there is much more to Mrs. Willford than just being an ordinary teacher. She is not only a mother, but did a great deal of things leading to where and how Mrs. Willford got to where she is today.

Growing up she had 2 sisters. She didn’t have a favorite because they were both the same to her; kind and helpful. She was born in North Dakota but quickly moved to the Grand Valley. She spent most of her life here and will continue to in the future. She lived in the Grand Valley for 7 years as a kid. Growing up she wanted to be a marine biologist. She was a good student and had it pretty normal growing up. Once she reached High School she finally knew that teaching was what she wanted to do. So that’s what she did.

Once she went off to college at CMU she was determined to be a teacher. She was not only a student but an athlete. She played soccer at CMU as well as studied to be a teacher. Once she graduated she went off to go work as a teacher. She has been at the Fruita 8/9 since it first opened (11 years). Mrs Willford has helped out the school ever since. When she first came to the school she was not an AP teacher. She started out as a Global Studies teacher then moved up in recent years.

Mrs. Willford not only did all these things but has a wonderful family. She has a son and a daughter and works hard to keep them happy while maintaining and handling her work for the school. Like I said if you ask anyone that has every had Mrs. Wilford will say she was the best AP teacher that they have ever had. Her hard work and determination has paid off and led to who she is today.

In conclusion Mrs. Willford is not only an amazing teacher but has an amazing backstory of hard work which leads to who she is today. Without the soccer, basketball, love for teaching and family she wouldn’t be the same. She is a truly interesting person with an even more interesting story on how she got to where she is today.