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The origins of baseball. The question of the origins of baseball has been the subject of debate and controversy for more than a century. Baseball (and softball), as well as the other modern bat, ball and running games, cricket and rounders, developed from earlier folk games.
Although the roots of baseball are English, similar games have also been played in other parts of the world. Oina is a Romanian ball sport, similar in some ways to baseball. Russia had a bat and ball game called Lapta since the 14th century. Germans played a game called Schlagball, which was similar to rounders. A "bowler" threw a ball to a "striker," who hit it with a club and then tried to run around a circuit of bases without getting hit with the ball by a defender.
Americans played a version of the English game rounders in the early 1800s which they called "Town Ball". In fact, early forms of baseball had a number of names, including "Base Ball", "Goal Ball", "Round Ball", "Fletch-catch","stool ball", and simply "Base". In at least one version of the game, teams pitched to themselves, runners went around the bases in the opposite direction of today's game, and players could be put out by being hit with the ball like in Schlagball. Like today, however, it was three strikes and you're out.¹
This webpage features the best baseball sites on the web. If you love baseball, you'll love these sites.
Great Baseball Sites
- Ace's Baseball World - Posters, Books & Apparel - Source for baseball stories and poems online, baseball links, baseball posters and photos, books, baseball jerseys, t-shirts and equipment.
- Baseball Evolution - Chronicling baseball throughout the ages. Unique statistics, player rankings, irreverent humor, and more.
- Baseball Math: Figuring Statistics - An understandable guide to figuring (computing, calculating) baseball statistics (Batting Average, Slugging Percentage, On Base Percentage and more) with examples and test problems.
- Boston Red Thoughts - Red Sox Commentary from a Red-Headed Boston Fan in Yankeeland
- BostonSportsU18.com - a website developed for the passionate Boston Sports Fan under the age of 18. With youth sports bloggers, pictures, videos, training and nutrition tips and games, BostonSportsU18.com offers kids a fun way to enjoy the local teams.
- Broad and Pattison.com - A daily journey through Phillies history, including significant events and games, roster transactions, player birthdays, and debuts.
- Cardinals Best News Links - Where All The St. Louis Cardinals News & Rumors Links Come To One Spot. I Do The Research, You Do The Reading.
- The Glove Medic - Baseball and Softball Glove Relacing, Cleaning, and Conditioning Services
- PhoulBallz.com - A MLB blog with a key focus on the Phillies organization for Fox Sports 1310 AM in Monmouth County, NJ.
- PBI - Pro Baseball Insider - Over 100 pages of quality, free baseball instruction written by professional baseball players, as well as some product info and our insider blog. Coming soon, free instructional videos and baseball drills.
- The San Francisco Giants Blog - A San Francisco Giants Blog and Fan Site.
- SoxPlanet.com - Fan-run home of the Boston Red Sox. Featuring a great message board with a laid-back, tailgating atmosphere where you can talk about the Sox, baseball, politics, or even your pet otter. Fans of all teams welcome.
- The Tribe Daily - provides fresh, daily analysis of the Cleveland Indians with details.
- The Triumphant Red Sox Fan Forum - Keeping the Faith Since 1999!
- True Grich - a blog from a lifelong Angel fan and season ticket holder, who attends more than 70 games a year, including some road games, spring training and visits to other baseball stadiums around the country... I'm someone who is passionate about the Angels, hates the A's and no longer acknowledges the existence of John Lackey.
- White Sox Gab - your one-stop source for all the latest Chicago White Sox news, predictions, tidbits and commentary.
- Yankees Fan Discount - The Ultimate Yankees website on the Internet for information about the New York Yankees and tickets to Home Games at Yankee Stadium.
I've attempted to list quality sites here. If a site is no longer worthy, I will delete it.
Please note: no reciprocation is necessary to be listed here, but, if you have a link page, it is appreciated.