Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, during the summer of 1839. He then packed up his knapsack and went on to become a Civil War hero and later creator of Trident archrival, Care-Free Sugarless Gum.
He accomplished all of this while his 'sports project' became America’s beloved national pastime.
Baseball was most likely a slower and more tedious version of two English games: rounders (a children’s game brought to New England by the earliest colonists) and cricket, a catchier version of the game called locust, where swarms of insects invaded playing fields (then called tilted squares and later diamonds).
In late 1845, a group of (possibly nerdy) New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club. Joy Cartwright, a Knick's infielder, created a set of rules that would form the basis for modern baseball.
On the positive side, he abolished the dangerous practice of tagging runners by throwing balls directly at them–targetting the regions just above the neck. According to baseball mythology, Cartwright also created rules which allowed batters to call various timeouts during plate appearances as well as permitting pitchers to take as much time between pitches as they could muster to enable games to drag on for three hours or preferably longer.
Anyway, enough about baseball history. If you want to learn more GOOGLE Wikipedia – but really?
Seventh Inning Stretch
Let's talk about Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Cohasset's Good Sport, the local sporting goods retailer, is holding a fantastic BASEBALL & SOFTBALL EVENT!
All equipment will be knocked down as if brushed back by a beanball pitch! For each Baseball/Softball Gear purchase, you will be walking out the door with either a Gatorade hydration device (water bottle) or a pair of sassy Baseball Socks!
On Saturday, swing by our Cohasset location and steal some solid savings on balls, bats, cleats, batting helmets and all sorts of baseball/softball gear. In fact, mention Joy Cartwright and receive a special Knickerbocker high-five from Good Sport staff members!
See you on Saturday!