The Prehistories of Baseball, Paperback / softback Book

The Prehistories of Baseball Paperback / softback


The earliest forms of baseball incorporated the defensive strategies and skills of protecting one's territory against others.

The ancient arts of throwing (distance warfare), hitting (close quarters combat), and running (attack and retreat) were incorporated into the game.

Early humans recognised the importance of the sun and knew that without it life would be doomed.

They sought to placate the sun by respectfully deifying it.

The sun was viewed as a living entity and which like every living being must also be in need of drink and food.

The game developed under the early Celts/Druids served them as a means for military, religious, and social education.

As the Celts/Druids came under the control of their Roman overlords, and later the Christian Church, their customs and practices, including their games, fell out of favour.

Despite this persecution, some of their 'folk-games' survived the millennia and are known in recorded history under such innocuous names as 'stool-ball', 'tut-ball,' and 'base-ball.' Others such as the Teutonic and Scandinavian peoples added their contributions to early British traditions.

The descendents of the Early British, despite the loss of their traditions and languages, were still able to connect with each other and enjoy themselves in their ancestral games.

These variant games were taken to the New World where the accepted standardization of their various informal rules led to the rapid spread and development of the modern game of baseball.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 332 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Baseball
  • ISBN: 9780786477975

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