Smokeless tobacco is a part of baseball

Updated at 2022-01-25 01:11:08 UTC

Smokeless tobacco is as much a part of baseball as hot dogs and the Cubs’ disappointing run at the World Series year after year.

While Major League Baseball is asking players to reconsider a habit as old as the sport itself, there is also history to think about — one that has linked the two together in the hearts and minds of Americans.

It would be natural to then ask: Is there life to baseball without smokeless tobacco?

To answer that question means to look at the history of smokeless tobacco and how it and sport have become intertwined.