What is the National Anthem?
The United States national anthem is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. It is a patriotic song that celebrates the United States and its people. The anthem is typically sung before sporting events, political gatherings, and other public events in the United States.
History of the National Anthem
The Star-Spangled Banner has been the official national anthem of the United States since 1931. It was initially popularized during the War of 1812 when it was sung as a patriotic song at military events. Since then, it has become a symbol of national unity and pride.
When Did MLB Start Singing the National Anthem?
Major League Baseball (MLB) began the tradition of singing the national anthem before games in 1918. This was in response to the United States’ involvement in World War I, and in order to show support for the troops. The first game in which the national anthem was played was on April 15th of that year, during the opening day ceremonies at the Polo Grounds in New York.
The Star-Spangled Banner at MLB Games
Singing the national anthem before each game soon became a tradition in MLB. Today, the anthem is still played before every game, usually before the first pitch. The anthem is also played at other times during the game, such as after a team’s win or to honor a special occasion.
MLB Players During the National Anthem
MLB players are expected to stand in respectful silence during the playing of the national anthem. This is in line with the tradition of respect for the country and its military. Some players will put their hands over their hearts or salute the flag, while others simply stand in respect.
Variations of the National Anthem at MLB Games
At some MLB games, the national anthem is sung by a live performer. Popular singers and bands have been invited to perform the national anthem at games. At other times, the anthem is performed by a military band or a choir.
MLB Players Kneeling During the National Anthem
In recent years, some MLB players have chosen to kneel during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racism and police brutality. This has been a controversial decision and has sparked debate about the issue.
Controversy Around National Anthem in MLB
The controversy surrounding the national anthem in MLB has led to debates about whether players should be allowed to kneel or otherwise protest during the anthem. Some people believe that the playing of the national anthem is a sign of respect for the country and its military and should not be used as a platform for political protest. Others believe that players should be allowed to exercise their right to free speech and protest peacefully.
MLB’s Position on the National Anthem
MLB has stated that it will allow players to express their beliefs during the national anthem without fear of retribution. However, the league has also stated that it expects players to stand during the anthem and to show respect for the country and its military.
Singing the national anthem before each game has been a longstanding tradition in Major League Baseball since 1918. The anthem is a symbol of national unity and pride, and MLB players are expected to stand in respect during the anthem. In recent years, some players have chosen to kneel during the anthem in protest of racism and police brutality. This has sparked debate about whether the anthem should be used as a platform for political protest. MLB has stated that it will allow players to express their beliefs during the anthem without fear of retribution, while also expecting them to show respect for the country and its military.