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Thrown out on 2nd 1887 Art Print

Thrown Out on 2nd, 1887

. . . to the ball game, that is. Peanuts and Cracker Jacks, optional.

Unbeknownst to me prior, just about everything about baseball is Victorian! Forms of baseball have been around from 1400 in various countries with evolving rules, set up and “bases.” From cricket, rounders, and town ball; baseball as we Moderns recognize the game, formulated in the early 1800s.

However, it is not just the game itself and uniforms, but the fan-experience developed in the 19th century. Cracker Jacks were first sold in the late 1800s, early 1900s. The de facto anthem “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was composed in 1908, which chorus continues to be sung during the 7th inning stretch in Modern day. Even, baseball’s famous ode “Casey at the Bat” was penned in 1888.

What is more . . . history is not dead! Thanks to history lovers and baseball fanatics there is the Vintage Base Ball Association!! Did you know about this?! I did not! Using rules from either 1850s, 1860s, or 1880s, they uphold the traditional, purist baseball. According to the site, they play at a variety of places from historical fields, modern baseball stadiums, re-enactment events, sandlots, and the like. Oh, and if that is not thrilling in its own right, there is a Ladies version of Vintage Base Ball to boot. It is all the more reason to see if there is a team in your home town, don your best Gibson Girl and attend en masse to wave your pendant and root, root, root for the home team!

For more information on baseball during the 1800s also peruse Baseball History.