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Children Play Baseball in Central Park, New York City, c. 1900

New York City. Central Park Children Playing Ball.
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_440
Document Description
Boys playing baseball in Central Park, New York City, c. 1900.
What are the children doing in this picture?
Why aren’t the boys wearing sneakers to play ball?
Why aren’t the girls playing ball with the boys?
Historical Challenges
Write about how baseball equipment, clothing, and rules have changed since the early 1900s.
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Create your own baseball cards, including the statistics on the back.
Science: Find out how baseballs are made. Find out what bats are made of.
English Language Arts: Research the lives of some famous New York baseball players.
Coleman, Janet Wyman and Elizabeth V. Warren. Baseball for Everyone: 150 Years of America's Game. Abrams, Harry N Inc, May 2003. ISBN: 0810945800
Ritter, Lawrence. The Story of Baseball. William Morrow & Company, Inc., April 1983. ISBN: 0688020666

Historical Context
Central Park had no playgrounds when it was first constructed.  Whole families would gather at the park on Sunday afternoons, and the children had to make their own play areas.
Essential Question
How does the existence of leisure time influence culture and economy?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and identify key aspects of the American culture during this time period.