From Mary Craig at Baseball Prospectus on October 23, 2018:
On Thanksgiving Day in 1887, as the story goes, some 20 members of Chicago’s Farragut Boat Club gathered to celebrate the holiday when a group of them began tossing a boxing glove around the hall. Eventually one of them struck the glove with a broom handle, sending the glove flying into the lap of one George Hancock, who voiced his desire for an impromptu game of baseball indoors. With the glove serving as a ball, the broom handle as a bat, and nine players arranged throughout the hall, the game commenced. After several hours, the event concluded, and George Hancock, inspired by the action yet deeply dissatisfied with its clumsiness, asserted he would create a list of rules that would govern each subsequent game of indoor baseball.
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Originally published: October 24, 2018. Last Updated: October 24, 2018.