In 1834 a children’s
book provided clues as to the state of baseball in America. TheBook
of Sports by Robin Carver copied the rules for rounders that had been
published in England in 1828 in The Boy’s
Own Book and added a woodcut of boys “Playing Ball” on Boston Common.
Carver explained, “This game is known under a variety of names. It is sometimes
called ‘round ball.’ But I believe that ‘base’ or ‘goal ball’ are the names
generally adopted in our country.”
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