Rounders, 1834

In 1834 a children’s book provided clues as to the state of baseball in America. The Book 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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