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Chadwick's Beadle's Appears, and the Baseball Literature is Launched

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Location Greater New York City
City/State/Country: NYC, NY, United States
Game Rounders, Base Ball, Massachusetts Game
Immediacy of Report Contemporary

 The first annual baseball guide appears. It is emblematic, perhaps, of the transformation of base ball into a spectator sport. The 40-page guide includes rules for Knickerbocker ball, the new NABBP ("Association") rules, rules for the Massachusetts game, and for rounders. Chadwick includes a brief history of base ball, saying it is of "English origin" and "derived from rounders."

Block observes: "For twenty-five years his pronouncements remained the accepted definition of the game's origins. Then the controversy erupted. First John Montgomery Ward and then Albert Spalding attacked Chadwick's theory. Ultimately, their jingoistic efforts saddled the nation with the Doubleday Myth."



Chadwick, Henry, Beadle's Dime Base-Ball Player: A Compendium of the Game, Comprising Elementary Instructions of the American Game of Base Ball [New York, Irwin P. Beadle].

Per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, (2005), page 221.

See also 1861.47.


Chadwick emigrated from western England, and is reported to have been familiar with rounders there.

His claim that American base ball had evolved from English rounders was long refuted by fans of the American game.

In 1871 Chadwick identified Two-Old-Cat as the parent of American base ball.  See 1871.20 



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Is it possible that English rounders itself had evolved from English base ball as played in the eighteenth century?

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