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"The game of Rounders has been played in England since Tudor Times, with the earliest reference being in 1744 in "A Little Pretty Pocketbook" where it is called Baseball. It is a striking and fielding team game, which involves hitting a small hard leather cased ball with a round wooden or metal bat and then running around 4 bases in order to score" (see related link)
how was the baseball bat originally invented
alexander joy cartwright invented baseball in 1845
what year were baseball cleats invented???
Abner Doubleday invented baseball.
Babe Ruth and Ricky Samuel invented baseball.
Vodka Fish invented the modern baseball bats.
Abner Doubleday invented baseball as a sport
no it was invented in 1744
Alexander Cartwright, a Manhattan bookseller. He invented baseball in about 1845.
While noone knows who, when or where baseball was invented, it is certain it was created for recreation.