Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing
teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player
on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on
the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive
team (batting team) are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run
the bases - having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases
to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team (fielding
team) is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners'
advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances
around the bases in order and touches home plate (the place where the player
started as a batter). The team who scores the most runs by the end of the
game is the winner. OK, know that we know the sport, let's figure
out the best type of shows for players to wear.
Cleats or studs are protrusions on the sole of a shoe,
or on an external attachment to a shoe, that provide additional traction
on a soft or slippery surface. They can be conical or blade-like in shape,
and made of plastic, rubber or metal.
In baseball, the shoes generally worn are referred to
as "cleats" or "spikes". The spikes are rectangular in shape, and can be
made of rubber, plastic, or metal. Rubber cleats may feature grooves and
smaller protrusions in the middle of the sole, while soft rubber spikes
would be around the edges of the sole and at the heel. Plastic cleats are
similar to rubber spikes. However, they have feature a hard bottom and thick
hard plastic spikes, with few to no grooves at all, and instead of as the
edge of the sole, the spikes compose the outsole of the shoe where the toes
and ball of the foot would hit the ground during running, similar to track
spikes and football cleats. Metal spikes are similar to plastic spikes,
but instead of being thick pieces of plastic as spikes, they are thin pieces
of metal to make it easier to dig into grass and sand, and thereby increase
traction. Rubber and plastic cleats are used in youth baseball, with
metal cleats typically prohibited. Metal spikes are almost exclusively used
in the upper levels of the sport, including high school, college, and professional
baseball. The use of metal spikes in American high school baseball
was banned by the National Federation of State High School Associations
in 1984 due to the risk of spike wounds, although some states received waivers
nullifying the ban. The ban was lifted in 1989. There has also been increasing
use of plastic spikes among professional players including those in Major
League Baseball (MLB), due to the lighter weight of cleats and improved
weight distribution leading to less wear and tear during the season.
Although conventional cleats can be used on turf surfaces,
specialized baseball and softball turf shoes are also manufactured. These
shoes typically have numerous rubber studs along the soles as opposed to
If you play for a local team make sure to check with your
club to determine if a particular style of cleat is suggested, required,
or banned. For example, they may not allow metal cleats.
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Here is a bit of trivia: The
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's
professional baseball league founded by Philip K. Wrigley which existed
from 1943 to 1954. Over 600 women played in the league. In 1948,
league attendance peaked over 900,000 spectators in attendance. The
Rockford Peaches won a league-best four championships while playing in
the AAGPBL. For most of the league's history, manager Bill Allington
coached different teams and led the league in career wins as a manager.
The 1992 motion picture A League of Their Own tells a fictionalized
account of the Rockford Peaches.
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