Spread of baseball project
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A history of the early playing of baseball and the locations and people involved. This is a project of SABR's Origins Committee.
You can view the information already assembled by scrolling down on this page and navigating by region, or by viewing one of the lists in the sidebar at the right.
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Modern baseball is first seen in the Knickerbocker Rules, which were written in 1845 in New York City. By the late 1860s, “baseball fever” had carried the “New York game” far and wide in North America, and the worldwide spread began. We hope that a community effort to dig up facts on its arrival in many local areas will allow us to see how (and eventually, why) baseball reached some areas early and others only later on. In each locality, we hope to learn:
- When the first game occurred that used modern rules
- When the first local baseball club formed
- What game or games preceded modern baseball
Even in the mid-1850s, US newspapers were reporting much more cricket and horse-racing than baseball. That all changed, and dramatically. We’re asking when, how, and why, baseball so suddenly ensconced itself as America’s national pastime.
Where early baseball was played
The number next to each region indicates how many records the project currently has in that region. The project currently contains a total of 1841 records of early baseball and predecessor games.