Little Pretty Pocket-Book, 1744

Baseball’s first appearance in print by that name occurs in a children’s book, John Newbery’s A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, published in England in 1744, which offers a woodcut showing boys playing baseball and a rhymed description of the game. The book was published in pirated editions in America, too, perhaps as early as 1762 (that edition, said to have been printed by Hugh Gaine, like the 1744 original does not survive).

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