Is Baseball Really Cricket?
Martha Jefferson: Sports and Popular Culture
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One or two class periods
Many sports and games are clearly identified with a particular social class. However, in the case of cricket in England and baseball in the United States, nothing could be further from the truth! Each sport is the national pastime of its respective country, enjoyed by all classes, and the two sports are often compared. But is that “cricket?” Is baseball “just like cricket?” The popularity of this sport in England is attested to by the creation of the first and most influential cricket club in the 1760s, during the lifetime of Martha Jefferson.
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This lesson was developed by Bette Brooks, Kent State University.