Another historic event took place in 1869. The Transcontinental Railroad was completed. The obvious impact on baseball was, of course, the ability to travel. The game was being played everywhere, including out west. Teams were exposed to regions, different rules, styles of play and levels of talent.
In fact, the Cincinnati team traveled across the country to play against several teams out of San Francisco. This, in turn, exposed the game to many new people and helped to propel it into the nation's national pass time. So there's a little mini-history lesson on baseball making its way west!
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