Baseball\'s Development Into America\'s National Pastime In an era when people worked extremely hard day in and day out, to only make a meager living, people searched for something more. Men would work endlessly long hours and seek anything to release their tension. They would long for a hobby , or as some would say, a pastime. However, here in the United states there was yet to be such a thing. Americans desired a game to call their own. They longed for an American pastime. The development of baseball affected the countries economy, aided in the unification of the nation, resulting in it becoming the symbol for America\'s culture and society. As everything has a story as to where it came from, or how it came about, baseball has its own. It has been said that baseball was started in Cooperstown by a man with the name of Abner Doubleday, but that is only a story. According to Ken Burns in Baseball an Illustrated History he states, "The game\'s real past, like that of the country that claims it, is more colorful and more complicated. Both the nation and the national pastime are the creation of many hands from many places: the history of each is filled with low comedy and high drama, reactionaries and revolutionaries