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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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First Baseball Game Played with Modern Rules (1846)

The foundations of modern baseball were laid with the 1845 formulation of the "Knickerbocker Rules," which formalized the game. According to these rules, a runner could not be sent out of play by getting hit with a thrown ball. Instead, fielders were required to tag or force the runner, as is done today. It is widely thought that the first competitive game under the new rules was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. What author of the rules is considered the "father of baseball"? More...
moniquester
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Where I grew up, a different variation of baseball was played. We called "Tin Can Alley." You had two lines drawn about 10 feet apart in the sand, or with chalk on the road. Behind one line, you had a pile of 3 or 6 tin cans, standing in a pyramidal shape. In front of the cans, and behind the line, stood the batter. And behind the other line stood the pitcher. The pitcher lobbed a softball (or whatever kind of little ball we might have had) at the batter. The batter tried to hit the ball, and if he did, he tried to run to the 10-foot line and back before being tagged by the outfielder who caught the ball. There was no rule as to how many people could play--the more the merrier.

You could be "out" in three ways: 3 strikes, your cans toppled (by far the commonest) or being tagged by the person with the ball after a hit.

It was enormous fun, and we spent hours playing tin can alley. It is no longer played, nor do children even remember it any more.
excaelis
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That sounds so much like cricket but noisier. Where did you grow up, m'ster ? ( if you don't mind me asking )


[edit] Baseball has modern rules ? Who knew ?
stefan
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The first published rules of baseball were written in 1845 for a New York City "base ball" club called the Knickerbockers.[18] The author, Alexander Cartwright, is one person commonly known as "the father of baseball".
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The earliest known reference to baseball is in a 1744 British publication, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, by John Newbery, then he should be the father of the game.
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If baseball origin from England, why the sport is not as popular soccer there? Why baseball is popular here in the USA, but not soccer?
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