Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Game At Base Ball

First American picture of a baseball game, 1838:

In the 1820s, a group of men from Philadelphia, prevented by an obscure ordinance from enjoying their favorite pastime in their own city, began playing an early version of baseball in Camden, New Jersey. By the 1830s, other teams had formed along the East Coast, and rules to the game were published in Robin Carver’s Book of Sports (1834). Carver’s book included this woodcut depicting a baseball game played on Boston Common. The same cut was used to illustrate several publications over the next few years, including the first and second editions of The Boy’s Book of Sports (1835 and 1838).

Graphic Arts (interesting offerings from the Graphic Arts Division, Princeton University)
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