From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on April 24, 2017:
Remember the “Laws of Base Ball,” the stunning discovery that came into view last year? That trio of documents from 1857, in draft and formal states — defining baseball, for the first time, as a game of nine men, nine innings, and ninety-foot basepaths — had languished in the desk of a Knickerbocker Base Ball Club descendant for nearly a century and a half. When bidding closed at SCP Auctions, the winning sum for this improbable survivor (no one could have imagined that it existed) was $3.26 million. [For more, see: https://goo.gl/sFCNvd.]
I was lucky enough to have had a consulting role on what was, for any baseball prospector, the find of a lifetime. Yet now, remarkably, the market success of the “Laws of Base Ball” appears to have prompted another attic to yield up a long-held treasure: the founding documents of Major League Baseball from 1876. This “first draft of history” was unknown to me and, I expect, to everyone else. Once again, SCP invited me to dust off my deerstalker and magnifying glass.
Read the full article here: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/history-awakens-february-2-1876-and-the-founding-of-the-national-league-ab2ef2dae954
Originally published: April 24, 2017. Last Updated: April 24, 2017.