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Cliff Clavin at a baseball game 

You see, baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The evolution of baseball 
from older bat-and-ball games is difficult to trace with precision. A French manuscript from 1344 contains an illustration 
of clerics playing a game, possibly la soule, with similarities to baseball;[1] other old French games such as théque, 
la balle au bâton, and la balle empoisonée also appear to be related.[2] Consensus once held that today's baseball is 
a North American development from the older game rounders, popular in Great Britain and Ireland. Baseball Before 
We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (2005), by David Block, suggests that the game originated in England; 
recently uncovered historical evidence supports this position. Block argues that rounders and early baseball were 
actually regional variants of each other, and that the game's most direct antecedents are the English games of 
stoolball and "tut-ball".[3] It has long been believed that cricket also descended from such games, though evidence 
uncovered in early 2009 suggests that the sport may have been imported to England from Flanders.[4]

The earliest known reference to baseball is in a 1744 British publication, A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, by John Newbery. 
It contains a rhymed description of "base-ball" and a woodcut that shows a field set-up somewhat similar to the modern 
game—though in a triangular rather than diamond configuration, and with posts instead of ground-level bases.[5] English
lawyer William Bray recorded a game of baseball on Easter Monday 1755 in Guildford, Surrey; Bray's diary was verified 
as authentic in September 2008.[6] This early form of the game was apparently brought to North America by English immigrants; 
rounders was also brought to the continent by both British and Irish immigrants. The first known American reference to baseball 
appears in a 1791 Pittsfield, Massachusetts, town bylaw prohibiting the playing of the game near the town's new meeting house.
By 1796, a version of the game was well-known enough to earn a mention in a German scholar's book on popular pastimes. 
As described by Johann Gutsmuths, "englische Base-ball" involved a contest between two teams, in which "the batter has 
three attempts to hit the ball while at the home plate"; only one out was required to retire a side.[

By the early 1830s...

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