Sunday, September 12, 2004

Baseball's mysterious origins

Bill Pennington, whom I had the fortune of meeting about nine years ago (he seemed like a nice guy), had a piece in today's New York Times--with the obligatory Doris Kearns Goodwin quote--about the origins of America's national past time.

In a nutshell, no one has a clue about where baseball was first played. The Abner Doubleday-Cooperstown connection was debunked years ago, leaving people to believe that the game was born in either Hoboken, NJ or lower Manhattan. But recently, a document was discovered in Pittsfield, MA to suggest that the game was first played there in 1791. However, there is evidence to indicate that the game goes as far back as 13th-century Spain, or maybe even ancient Egypt. It's all very fascinating.

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