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Tuesday, 02 January 2007 01:18

Baseball - History

Old-photo of winning baseball team  Baseball - History
Baseball is a descendent of the British children's game, rounders

Baseball is a direct descendant of the English children's game, rounders which became popular in the US in the early 19th century. The first baseball rules were drafted in 1845. Known as the Knickerbocker Rules, they remain the fundamental basis for the game today.

Baseball soon began to spread internationally to countries such as Japan, Australia and Latin America. It became a full medal sport at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, but has been dropped from the programme from London 2012 onwards.

Baseball was a demonstration sport in the 11th Asian Games in Beijing, China in 1990 and went on to become an official sport in the 12th Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan in 1994.


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