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09/13/2008 10:47 AM ID: 73358 Permalink   

British Invented Baseball


New historical evidence has shown that America's treasured national sport of baseball was in fact invented by Britain, and played there 20 years before American independence.

An author and historian, William Bray, writing in 1755 describes baseball as a well established sport in the 18th century, played by men and women.

The diary, that has been authenticated by the Surrey History Centre, confirmed that there are references to him playing baseball, drinking tea, and later playing cricket on Easter Monday.

    WebReporter: ZCT Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
I know not only the baseball but the football also is invented by Britain. I'm not much of the baseball due to I am Europian but the football is one of my favorite sports to listen.
  by: vizhatlan     09/13/2008 03:33 PM     
but you missed the real cruncher
Mr Pooley said: "He kept lots and lots of diaries that we have in the Surrey History Centre but last year a new one was discovered in a garden shed and it contains his diary from 1754 to 1755.

"It contains a reference to him playing baseball. What intrigued me is he is playing it with a load of young ladies."

  by: Hugo Chavez     09/13/2008 09:45 PM     
  OK, but  
American baseball has changed a lot.
You used to bounce the pitch in to the
batter, now you try to hurl it at 95-
100 mph or put so much torque on it
that it appears to make a sharp break
just as it reaches the batter.

I also doubt those young ladies were
hitting 500-foot home runs back in
those days, or sliding into a base with
their cleats up high to stab the
infielder, or smashing into the catcher
at home plate to try to jar the ball
loose, or diving face-first at a base
to beat a throw, etc.
  by: lĀ“anglais     09/13/2008 09:55 PM     
  @ ^  
take it easy, they ain't tryin to steal it mate ;)
  by: darkshanker   09/14/2008 06:37 AM     
  we dont want to steal it  
You yanks already stole it, obviously because... WE INVENTED BASEBALL TOO! :P
  by: wingedpuma     09/14/2008 11:31 AM     
  Boston Tea Party  
Sorry, I just like talking about the Boston Tea Party for no particular reason... ;)
  by: theironboard     09/14/2008 12:23 PM     
You're sounding a little defensive, dude. Regardless of what it has become, apparently it all originated in Britan.
  by: StarShadow     09/14/2008 02:49 PM     
  anyone see a pattern? ..  
stole the land, stole the language, stole the sports... just sayin. lol.
  by: kungfucious   09/14/2008 03:00 PM     

Theiving barstewards
  by: wingedpuma     09/14/2008 03:22 PM     
What makes you think of a music group? I remember listening to BTP ages ago, they had some good stuff.
  by: StarShadow     09/14/2008 03:34 PM     
Those gosh-darned bloody British. They're always inventin' things. ;)
  by: JonSmith     09/14/2008 04:08 PM     
Is that the game in which one tries to hit a ball that one "fellar" winds up and goes through all those funny antics before loosing the ball at another "feller" that tries to hit said ball with a short handled boat oar?
  by: old man   09/14/2008 05:25 PM     
  baseball is such a pathetic sport  
It only seems appropriate that the English invented it.

  by: sceptre_of_fertility   09/15/2008 12:08 AM     
  a little odd  
it seems a little odd they had so many diaries by this guy yet only 1 has a reference to baseball
British conspiracy maybe?
  by: invaderalexxx   09/15/2008 03:35 AM     
  @ all. The artical  
From source is basically incorrect.
When sais game was invented it was called " Rounders " not Baseball. And the rules were completley different from the rules of baseball.
  by: steve2045     09/15/2008 11:33 AM     
  Bat 'n Ball  
Yeh - we call it rounders and it's a girls game! ;)
  by: borisbeaver   09/15/2008 04:32 PM     

Here is perhaps a better news source; the BBC.

It says nothing whatsoever about rounders.

Just because America took the British game of baseball, changed the rules a bit, doesn't really make it an 'invention.'
  by: ZCT     09/15/2008 04:34 PM     
It's all a cunning plan. Britain is planning to establish that it invented Baseball, and then sue America for theft of intellectual property.
  by: ZCT     09/15/2008 04:36 PM     
Well Mr. Troll. It seems to me that Britain invented it, saw that it was a crappy game, and tossed it over to the colonies to play. America (and later Japan) oddly thought it was a fun game, and decided to pretend it was their invention.
  by: ZCT     09/15/2008 04:37 PM     
Im not saying that your story is incorrect.
Im saying that the source have not got it quite right. I have read the source and it seems to me that it is either a hoax or they have not done enough research.
Beside even the BBC are not perfect and will believe anything for a good story.
  by: steve2045     09/15/2008 05:15 PM     
I don't know what country you're in, but I'd bet my ass that at sometime in history your people stole the land your ass is sitting on at this moment. History is past. If every country gave back the land they stole, the world would be in anarchy. Get over it and move forward.
  by: elzorro   09/16/2008 11:37 PM     
Pretty much all sports were played in a different form at some time in history. The Mayans or Aztecs played a form of basketball. Hitting a ball with a stick is not exactly a new idea. It might even have been demonstrative of battle, with the ball representing the enemy's head.

Besides, any sport the US "stole", we made better.
  by: elzorro   09/16/2008 11:42 PM     
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