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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Baseball Art And History

It is not entirely clear where baseball originated. The overall belief is that it is derived from old English folk games such as cat-ball, cricket, rounders, one-ol' cat, and stoolball. The latter shows many similarities and comes closest to the modern baseball game.

Stoolball dates back as far as the 11th century and the earliest recordings referring to the game can be found in a poem written in 1330 by William Pagula. The name "Base-ball" turns up for the first time in the publications of the book "A Little Pretty Pocket-Book" published in 1744 in England by John Newbery.

Stoolball was brought to the U.S. by English immigrants during the colonial period. The first records of the game are dated 1791 and were found in Pittsburgh, Massachusetts. The game became more and more popular in the early 1800s and at that time was known by the names of base or townball.

There were no official rules until June 19, 1846. In Hoboken, New Jersey, a New York bookseller by the name of Alexander Cartwright, who is also accredited with being 'the father of baseball', published 20 rules for the by him founded baseball club the Knickerbockers.

Those rules were quickly and widely accepted, but were standardized and revised in 1857 by delegates from 16 clubs. The National Association of Base Ball Players and a systematic baseball league were born.

Some of the members of the NABBP started opening up enclosed ballparks to the general public in 1862. They could enjoy watching the game for a small admission fee.

It would take until 1869 however, before the first professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, hit the field and in 1871, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was established as the first professional baseball league.

It was introduced to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, North Africa and Egypt by the Chicago Baseball club during 1888 and slowly but surely, baseball hit a homerun all over the globe!

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