By: Thomas Chadwick

Baseball has always been America’s favorite past time, but where did it come from? It originated from two English games that were very similar. They were called rounders and cricket. These games became hits around England and the U.S. and many variations had been made. In 1845, a group of New Yorkers formed a baseball group called the New York Knickerbocker Baseball club. They came with new rules including a diamond infield, foul lines, and the three-strike rule. They also abolished tagging a runner by throwing a ball at them. After establishing these new rules, in 1946, the Knickerbockers faced off against a team of cricket players following the new rules, hence starting the beloved American pastime.