Benning's Baseball

Being a Brief,
and Somewhat Careful History
of This, Our National Pastime.

Nearly all the information, and text,
on this and the following pages
is courtesy of Mr.Baseball! Alexander Cartwright IV
1998 Mr. Baseball - All Rights Reserved.

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for more fascinating Baseball History!

Alexander Cartwright,Jr

Baseball had first taken root on this continent in the mid 1700's when English lads brought an offshoot of the game of cricket to our shores. This game, where the fielders put out a runner by belting him with the ball as he ran from base to base, was called Rounders.


There were many variations of Rounders as the game had no "official" rules. It was usually played according to local custom, meaning the number of players on a side, the number of bases (usually anywhere from two to five), the way they were laid out, the distance between them and other rules would vary from place to place. It was basically a pickup game that was played by children.

In 1845, in New York City, the 25 year old Alexander Cartwright took various elements that were used in these different forms of early baseball and, adding a few wrinkles of his own, fused them into regulations that stand today.

Abner Doubleday

Abner Doubleday was not interested at that time. Or so it is said. Anyway, he was not a part of Baseball.

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