Thorn: A few dozen prominent early baseball milestones

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on December 7, 2012:

Here is something of a cheat sheet to learning about baseball’s beginnings. The linked selections below are those of Larry McCray, a member of Major League Baseball’s Origins Committee and the founder of the invaluable Protoball project. Larry was also the editor of the special origins number of the journal Base Ball, source of most of the articles linked below.

1609.1 Polish Origins of Baseball Perceived in Jamestown VA Settlement

1621.1 Some Pilgrims “Openly” Play “Stoole Ball” on Christmas Morning: Governor Clamps Down

1672c.2 Francis Willughby’s “Book of Games” Surveys Folkways: First Stoolball Rules Appear

1725c.1 Wicket Played on Boston Common

1744.1 First Laws of Cricket are Written in England

1744.2 Newbery’s Little Pretty Pocket-Book Refers to “Base-Ball,” “Stooleball, ” “Trap-Ball,” Cricket

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Originally published: December 7, 2012. Last Updated: December 7, 2012.