Discovering the Roots of Base Ball

This morning I am blogging over at Journal in a BoxTM. Check it out!

We are loving Spring Training time here in Arizona. What a great time of year! Days filled with the sounds of the crack of the bat and distracting chatter, the smells of hot dogs and popcorn and the sights of players and fans alike basking in the warm spring sun. Ah, this great American pastime! But, wait…

“Went to Stoke church this morn.- After dinner, went to Miss Jeale’s to play at base ball with her the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford and H. Parsons. Drank tea and stayed til 8.”

Thus reads a fairly simple, seemingly mundane, entry in the diary of William Bray. William Bray lived 97 years and kept journals throughout many of those years. Parts of his diaries are available today at several places on the internet (like here, here and here) and they give a fabulous insight into the time in which he lived. What is remarkable about the entry above and the reason it made headlines a couple of years ago is that he wrote it on March 31, 1755 at his home in England. The AP story began, “Baseball is as American as …

Read the rest of the article here: Journal in a BoxTM

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