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Supporting Researchers and Writers on Baseball’s Origins.

Current Resources

The Protoball Chronologies cover the evolution of ballgames from Ancient Times to 1870, just before the first professional baseball league began. At present, data for 1862 through 1870 are still pretty sparse, though.

Our Pre-pro Baseball feature is a working database of several thousand clubs and games before 1871(mostly). Its interactive maps may help you visualize the spread of baseball over time. It is designed so that individual club pages can link to the club's games, players, and field locations. For an example, see the Knickerbocker Club here.

The Games Tabulation (version 1.0) is a record of over 1300 ballgames in various parts of the US from 1845 to 1860. It was compiled by the late Craig Waff᾿s careful and path-breaking research.

Base Ball Players Pocket Companion.jpg 1859 Base Ball Players’ Pocket Companion

The Glossary of Games provides a short description of 265 baseball-like games. The Glossary includes baseball's likely predecessor games and later games that derive from baseball.

The Bibliography is a list of publications you can use to explore the origins of ball games and baseball in depth. Some of these publications are available online. For sources that are in Protoball's Buzz McCray Collection, we can, via email and phone, help you determine what their content is.

A listing of fellow origins enthusiasts and contributors can be found in our Diggers section. You can read news about them and their work in the now-discontinuedNext Destin'd Post. Several Diggers have contributed informal Essays relating to baseball's origins.

We offer an Enhanced Search for complex full-text searches on much of the information on the site. You can save your searches, pick out important articles, and share them with other researchers.

Articles

Here are 3 of our latest articles:

  1. Feeder and Rounders, 1841 - by Bill Hicklin in March 2016
  2. The 20 Rules of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club - by Bill Hicklin in March 2016
  3. 1860 NABBP Rules - by Bill Hicklin in March 2016

Here are 3 randomly selected articles:

  1. La balle empoisonnée - by Bill Hicklin in March 2016
  2. Englische Base-ball - by Bill Hicklin in March 2016
  3. Early Evidence on Base Stealing - by Richard Hershberger in February 2016
  4. The Play-Testing of Early Base Ball Rule Modifications, version 1.0 - by Richard Hershberger in January 2016
  5. Cricket and the Rise of Baseball - by Bruce Allardice in June 2015
  6. Beachville Deconstruction (The New York Game Comes to Canada) - by William Humber in May 2015
  7. Uniforms - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  8. Playing to Win - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  9. Base Ball Fever - by Jeffrey Kittel in September 2014
  10. Gambling's Role - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  11. Club Makeup - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  12. Patterns of Spread - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  13. The Big Tours - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  14. Predecessor Pastimes - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  15. The Beneficiaries - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  16. Accounts - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  17. Competing Pastimes - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  18. The Grounds - by Marty Payne in September 2014
  19. Media Effects - by Larry McCray in September 2014
  20. Preliminary IL Data on Early Base Ball - by Bruce Allardice in August 2014
  21. The Backstop - by Richard Hershberger in July 2014
  22. Judgment! - by Richard Hershberger in July 2014
  23. Called Pitches - by Richard Hershberger in July 2014
  24. Pitchers Covering First - by Richard Hershberger in July 2014
  25. Protoball Search Aid - by Larry McCray in March 2014
  26. Spirit Letters From X, 1857-8 - by Bob Tholkes in February 2014
  27. Stoolball Today -- The Rejuvenation of an Ancient Pastime - by John and Kay Price in November 2013
  28. Internet Search Tips - by Bruce Allardice in October 2013
  29. 19CBB Highlights, August September 2013 - by Bob Tholkes in October 2013
  30. Richard Hershberger Interview, October 2013 - by Protoball Functionary in October 2013
  31. Bruce Allardice Find Stories, October 2013 - by Bruce Allardice in October 2013
  32. Most Wanted, October 2013 -- Berber Base Ball in the Stone Age? - by Larry McCray in October 2013
  33. For Fun and Health -- That's Why She Played - by Debbie Shattuck in October 2013
  34. Sliding - by Richard Hershberger in October 2013
  35. The Spread of Base Ball, 1859 - 1870 - by Bruce Allardice in September 2013
  36. Next Destin'd Post, August 2013 - by Larry McCray in August 2013
  37. Interview with 2013 SABR-Origins Chair Bill Johnson - by Protoball Functionary in August 2013
  38. 1857 Rules - by Jeffrey Kittel in July 2013
  39. Don't Forget the Girls - by Debbie Shattuck in June 2013
  40. Performing Logic Searches on Protoball - by Dave Anderson in June 2013
  41. 19CBB Digest, April-May 2013 - by Bob Tholkes in June 2013
  42. Interview with Bill Ryczek - by Protoball Functionary in June 2013
  43. The Next Destin'd Post, June 2013 - by Larry McCray in June 2013
  44. Sam Marchiano and the 1755 Bray Diary Find - by Protoball Functionary in June 2013
  45. 1845 Knickerbocker Rules - by Jeffrey Kittel in April 2013
  46. Randall Brown's Find of the Wheaton Account -- Before the Knickerbockers - by Randall Brown in April 2013
  47. Interview with Peter Morris - by Protoball Functionary in April 2013
  48. New England Woman Observes Ball Play in Norfolk, Virginia in 1802 - by Tom Altherr in April 2013
  49. 19CBB Digest, March 2013 - by Bob Tholkes in April 2013
  50. Multi-word Searches on Protoball - by David Anderson in April 2013
  51. Next Destin'd Post, April 2013 - by Larry McCray in April 2013
  52. Irish Rounders (Burman's Report) - by Howard Burman in March 2013
  53. New Englander Confronts Impious Sunday Ball-playing in Virginia - by Tom Altherr in March 2013
  54. Linking Clubs to Ballgames - by Dave Anderson in February 2013
  55. Larry's "Most Wanted No. 1 -- A Lingering Death for Old-Style Plugging? - by Larry McCray in February 2013
  56. An Interview with David Block - by Protoball Functionary in February 2013
  57. Tom Altherr Contemplates His Favorite Finds - by Tom Altherr in February 2013
  58. Postings to 19CBB, Jan. - Feb. 2013 - by Bob Tholkes in February 2013
  59. Dave's Tip No. 1 -- Using "Site Search" and "Enhanced Search" - by Dave Anderson in February 2013
  60. A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball - by Tom Altherr in February 2013
  61. The Story of George Thompson’s 1823 Find --- Base Ball in New York City - by George Thompson in January 2013
  62. The Next Destin'd Post, January 2013 - by Larry McCray in January 2013
  63. The Story of George Thompson’s 1823 Find -- "Base Ball" in NYC! - by George Thompson in January 2013
  64. A New Find on Early Wicket and Old Fashioned Base Ball - by Tom Altherr in January 2013
  65. Bob Tholkes Condenses Key 19CBB Postings in December 2012 - by Bob Tholkes in January 2013
  66. The Spread of Base Ball in the Pacific Northwest - by Mark Brunke in January 2013
  67. Interview with John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball - by Protoball Functionary in January 2013
  68. "A Good Many Different Kinds of Ball" - by Tom Altherr in January 2013
  69. What Was The Massachusetts Game, Anyway? - by Jeffrey Kittel in December 2012
  70. What Was Rounders, Anyway? - by Larry McCray, Jeffrey Kittel in November 2012
  71. Early Championships - by Larry McCray in October 2012
  72. What Was Town Ball, Anyway? - by Jeffrey Kittel, Larry McCray in October 2012
  73. Ballplaying in Civil War Camps - by Larry McCray in July 2009
  74. The Evolution of the Baseball Up To 1872 - by Rob Loeffler in March 2007

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Users are encouraged to freely use information on this web site. When that information is found to be useful in drafting published work, we ask that they acknowledge the Protoball Project in their writing, and supply the site's URL -- http://protoball.org -- when possible, in their citations.

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Contact Larry McCray of the Protoball Project at lmccray@mit.edu with any questions or contributions.

Features in Development

Please tell us if you see that new features could make the site more useful to you. Would a User Forum for site-user commentary make sense? Should we highlight "Most Wanted" data?

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