Sunday, September 14, 2008
According to the report here at FOXNews.com,
"Julian Pooley, the manager of the Surrey History Centre, said Thursday he has authenticated a reference to baseball in a diary by English lawyer William Bray dating back to 1755 —about 50 years before what was previously believed to have been the first known reference to what became the American pastime."
20 years before the start of the American Revolutionary War, and 34 years before the first American President took oath, Baseball finds it's first non-fictional documentation in a diary kept by an English lawyer. A game older than the beginning of our country occurs 91 years before the first recorded competitive game of Baseball in New Jersey.
While other sports may lay claim to more storied traditions, dating back further into the annals of history, our sport, our national pastime will celebrate it's 255 birthday in 2010.
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