Here’s a Timeline:
1791 – Pittsfield, MA claims to be the place of Baseball Origin. There’s also an interesting story and connection between Pittsflield, MA and Cooperstown, NY. Click here to find out.
1839 – Abner Doubleday was credited for inventing baseball in the summer of 1839 in Cooperstown, NY. Was it Abner Doubleday? What’s this? Untruth? There is an Abner Doubleday myth? According to Wikipedia Doubleday was parading around down in West Point during that summer. And who wouldn’t have been? The babes were … well, never mind.
1845 – Alexander Joe Cartright developed the rules of baseball – as far as we can tell. Cartright had vision. He instituted a practice of ‘tagging runners out,’ instead of chucking the baseball at them for an out.
1846 – The first game of baseball is played by a group of cricket players and a baseball team called the Knickerbockers.
1869 – The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first professional team – just fun saying that team name. The Cincinnati Red Stockings just has a nice flow to it. Other teams back there were the Great Westerns and the Mutual Green Stockings. I am sensing a theme here. It’s no wonder why my grandmother would yell at me for running around in my Stocking Feet. Hey, I don’t wear Stockings!
1876 – The Philadelphia Athletics played the Boston Red Somethings in front of 3,000 people. Technically this was the first National League ever played – the Senior Circuit.
1878 – The catchers mask was invented by a fella from the Harvard University Baseball Club. Those Harvard folks are smart people as life before the mask must have been difficult. That’s why catchers had nicknames like Chop and Toothless Joe Jackson, back then.
1895 – Babe Ruth was born. This brings us toward the modern day era and the rest is, as they say, baseball history. This is the Baseball Origin.