Well before the year 1900, baseball was already known as the American National Game. Once a simple pastime for boys, it evolved in the nineteenth century into a commercialized spectator amusement operated by promoters and played by professionals within a nationwide, monopolistic structure called Organized Baseball. The game's history reflects much of the concurrent history of the United States, and American interest in the game has grown exponentially since its beginnings. Throughout the 20th century, many American boys played sandlot and schoolyard games, especially in the years before the 1939 founding of Little League baseball. Enthusiasm for the sport continues well into the 21st century.
this baseball glove dates from the 1920s and bears the signature of Heinie Manush, a pro player with a lifetime batting average of .330. Manush played an outfielder from 1920 to 1939 for a variety of major league teams including Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.