The Origins of Baseball

The origins of baseball are somewhat fuzzy and surrounded by plenty of controversy in the early years. Many games like baseball had the tools of the trade involved in them. the bat, ball and running were all staples of games found in Great Britain and other parts of Europe. Contests like rounders, cricket, stoolball all were first developed in England. As settlers from Europe left and came to the United States, they brought what they could remember and a hybrid game was started called base ball, goal ball, round ball,sometimes it was just called base. In early days ,they ran around the base in the opposite direction than the current game. like the game of brannboll from the Nordc countries. A player could be out if they were hit by the ball when not on the base and a few version allowed for a strikeout of the batter

In the southern part of England in the mod 18th century there appear to have been a children’s game where a striking of  ball and running a circuit of bases was being played. This was later identified as rounders. This is known as English colonists took the book A Little Pretty Pocket book of Base-Ball was discovered. Now that those traveling to the United States had a rule book, the games began. The game was definitely changed when adults began playing the game. after time, they were always attempting to find a loophole in the rules. So, it was constantly being updated to keep up with the game. The hotbed in the mid 19th century appears to have been around New York City.  These games were being discouraged and sometimes forbidden by the religious sects of the United States as sinful in nature.

Aside from obvious differences in terminology, the games differed in the equipment used (ball, bat, club, target, etc., which were usually just whatever was available), the way in which the ball was thrown, the method of scoring, the method of making outs, the layout of the field and the number of players involved. Very broadly speaking, these games can be roughly divided into forms of longball, where the batter ran out to a single point or line and back, as in cricket, and roundball, where there was a circuit of multiple bases. There were also games (e.g. stool-ball, trap-ball) which involved no running at all.

There were many differences in the new game and the old games of Europe. They included the ball (today’s is much harder than the earlier ones), the bat(today’s are refined pieces of wood where they used wht they could fine), the way the ball was thrown(earlier was underhand and you old them where to place it),the scoring, the ways to make outs(earlier if you caught it in the air or on one bounce you were out), the layout of the field (the first field had 126 feet between bases) and the number of players involved. Of course, they had no professionals players. It was the local barber, attorneys, longshoremen, businessmen, police and firemen among others.

 

 

NEXT UP- The Early Years

 

 

Each week I bring the Top 25 to you in College Baseball. There is always change and sometimes even big name, such as LSU, that drop out. Let’s get started!

#1- Arkansas – The Razorbacks are still going well with 27-3 record and 4-0 in conference play. They won four games this week with a midweek win 13-0 over Arkansas State . The weekend saw them sweep Ole Miss 5-2, 8-3 and 7-4. They have a weekend series with Alabama next.

#2- Clemson – They are 28-3 and 10-2 in conference play. They beat Upstate SC in the week day contest and swept Notre Dame with the Sunday game being an 11 inning win 13-12. they play North Carolina for three games over the weekend.

#3- Texas A&M – The Aggies are 28-4 overall and 8-4 in their conference. They won 2 of 3 over South Carolina in the weekend series with the Sunday contest going to the Gamecocks 6-5. Next up for them will be an important series against  a top ten team at home with Vanderbilt.

#4- Tennessee – The Volunteers are 28-6 overall and 6-4 in SEC play. They won 2 0f 3 against Auburn . Losing the first game, they roared back with 12-2 and 19-5 wins. This weekend they play the reigning national champions in the LSU Tigers.

#5- Oregon State – Overall, they are 26-4 and 8-3 in the PAC-12 conference. They won five games this week with two over Gonzaga and swept three from Arizona State. They host the Stanford Cardinals for three this weekend.

#6- Vanderbilt – The Commodores are 25-7 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. They had a good weekend as they swept three from LSU. It doesn’t get any easier as the play #3 Texas A&M for a weekend series.

#7- Kentucky – The Wildcats are currently 27-4 with a conference leading 11-1 in the SEC. They defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in three contests and now will face Auburn for three.

#8- Duke- the Blue Devils enter this week with a 24-8 overall record and are 6-4  in the ACC. the swept Miami over the past weekend and now will face Pittsburgh for three contests.

#9 – Florida State- Overall, the Seminoles are 26-5 and 7-3 in conference play. They took two of three from Boston College and now play Florida midweek and face Miami for three over the weekend.

#10 – East Carolina – The Pirates are 24-6 and  3-1 in the American Conference. Last week they took two of three from FAU and now will square off against Charlotte.

#11 – UC Irvine- The first West Coast team in the rankings finds them overall with a 24-4 overall record and they are currently 2-1 in the Big West. They took two of three from a strong UC Santa Barbara team and now move forward to take on UC San Diego on the road.

#12 – Virginia – The Cavaliers are 24-7 0verall, but the strongest completion has come in conference as they are 7-4 in the ACC. They defeated North Carolina twice over the weekend and now travel to face Louisville

#13 – North Carolina – is 24-6 overall and in the ACC they are 11-4. The Tar Heels lost 2 of 3 last week against Virginia. This weekend they have a series at home against Notre Dame.

#14- UCF- I should have had them in my Top 25 last week. This week they took 2 of 3 from Kansas State and sport a record of  21-8 with 7 of the losses in the Big 12. This weekend they have a series at West Virginia.

#15 – Wake Forest – The former top team of the polls is currently with a  21-10 record and struggling in the ACC with a 7-8 record. Last weekend they swept Virginia Tech in three games and now face Boston College on the road for three contests.

#16- Virginia Tech – is 21-8 overall and 10-6 in he Atlantic Coast Conference. Last weekend they were swept in three games by Wake Forest and now they head to Georgia Tech for three.

#17- Oregon – they have a 22-8 overall record and are 8-4 in conference play. They won 2 of 4 from UCLA last weekend and  take on USC at home this weekend.

#18 – Dallas Baptist- I might have this team higher except their schedule is weaker than the others. Their record is 25-6 and 2-2 in conference play. They lost 2 of 3 from Western Kentucky over the previous weekend and now travel for a weekend series at Air Force.

#19 – Oklahoma State – at 21-11 and 7-5 in the Big 12, I almost didn’t include them but they are 3-3 against Top 25 teams. They took 2 of 3 from in-state rival Oklahoma the previous weekend and now they face Cincinnati at home.

#20 – Nebraska – The lone Big Ten team left in the polls, the Huskers are 22-7 overall an 0-1 in conference play plus they are 0-1 facing Top 25 teams. They took two of three from Ohio State and now travel to Rutgers for a three game series.

#21 – Louisiana – This team is 24-8 and 11-1 in the Sun Belt conference. They swept Louisiana-Monroe and are riding a 15 game winning streak. They face Marshall at home.

22- Coastal Carolina- The Chanticleers have been hanging around the is area of the Top 25 most of the season. They are 22-9 along with a 7-5 record in the Sun Belt conference. They travel to Georgia Southern for a three game series this weekend.

#23- Mississippi State – With a 21-12 overall record along with a 6-6 record in the SEC, I couldn’t put them as high as the national polls. They lost 2 of 3 to Georgia last weekend and now face in-state rival Mississippi for a series.

#24- Alabama – The Tide come onto this week with a 21-10 record and a poor 4-8 in the conference. They were swept by Kentucky this past weekend and now face the top in the country Arkansas coming up.

#25- South Carolina – The Gamecocks are 22-8 overall with a 11-1 in the Sun Belt. However, they are 0-1 against Top 25 teams. They will take on Marshall for a weekend series.

 

Dropped out- Florida Gators. LSU Tigers

COLLEGE BASEBALL Top 25 WEEK 7
1. Arkansas- The Razorbacks highlighted a series win over reigning national champions LSU with a 10th inning double by Hudson White to lift Arkansas to a 20-3 overall record and 7-1 in the SEC. Starter Mason Molina was firing on all cylinders to keep them in the game for the win.

2.Clemson– the Tigers are 24-3 on the season. They took 2 of 3 from the Miami Hurricanes The Tigers pitchers allowed five runs and 18 hits along with three walks in the entire series.

3.Tennessee – The Volunteers are 25-4 overall and 5-4 in the tough SEC. They won 2 of 3 from Georgia this weekend and have a few days off before traveling to face Auburn. The offense is lead by Kavares Kears hitting .417 and Blake Burke at .400 for the season. There are four players each with ten homers (Dreiling, Moore, Amick, Burke).

4.Texas A&M The Aggies are riding high after taking all 3 from the weekend over Auburn. They are now 25-3 on the year and 6-3 on the SEC. A&M scored 22 runs in the final two contests over the Auburn Tigers to move up in the polls.

5.Oregon State– The Beavers lost against USC on Friday and Saturday and to Mother Nature with a rain out on Sunday. With Gonzaga and Arizona State looming on the schedule this week, it is an important series for Oregon State. Their schedule has not been particularly tough but they have won lost of games.

6.Vanderbilt – The Vandy Boys only allowed three runs in two games against Missouri in a two game series. Vanderbilt is currently 23-6 on the season and 6-3 in the SEC. They have won four straight games. An important series with LSU is coming up this weekend.

7.Duke– They may not fit the profile of a team that is #6, but the way they are playing is certainly indicative towards that. They are 20-8 on the season and 6-6 in conference play. The Blue Devils have beaten or split against most of the top dogs. They took two of three from Virginia over the Easter weekend and now host the Miami Hurricanes.

8. Florida– If you judged them on their losses theyn they wouldn’t be in the top 25 but it is their wins and schedule that keep them in the Top Ten.They won two of three over the reigning national champion LSU team. That’s a big deal. This past series saw them win two of three from Mississippi State. Now they face Florida A&M for one game and host Missouri next weekend. Jac Caglione is one of the top three players in the country and being a dual player, he can hit and pitch.

9.Dallas Baptist – I had them unranked at the beginning of the season but they are a good team and are 23-4 on the season and -1 in their conference. They swept New Mexico State and now travel rto Bowling Green to face Western Kentucky in a three game series.Their schedule is very good but they continue to win.

10.Virginia Tech- The Hokies are 21-5 and 10-2 in the conference. They took 2 of 3 from Pitt this previous weekend and will get a tough challenge next weekend as they entertain a tough Wake Forest squad.

11.North Carolina – The Tar Heels are 25-4 and 10-2 in the ACC conference. It was a fantastic series as they swept a former #! Team in Wake Forest. Now they face a very good Virginia team.

12.East Carolina – The Pirates finished the weekend with a sweep of UAB and are 20-6 on the season. The Pirates could very easily be moved up a spot but the schedule got weaker for a few weeks into the season. Now they travel to Florida to take on Florida Atlantic.

13.Alabama – The Crimson Tide is 21-7 overall but a weak 4-5 in conference play. They swept the Bulldogs of Georgia over the weekend and wait for the next series with Auburn.

14.Florida State – It wasn’t long ago the Seminoles were undefeated but now they have been swept by Clemson and had a loss to Louisville,The record stands at 22-4 with all four losses coming in conference play.

15.Virginia – The Cavaliers are 22-6 overall and just finished the weekend by losing to Tennessee Tech and Georgia. They are trending downward in most polls.

16.Kentucky – With a 24-4 start along with a 8-1 conference play. Over the Easter weekend. Jeu swept Ole Miss and travels to in-state foe Louisville. Nick Lopez leads the offense with a .412 average. Pitcher Mason Moore is 6-0 from the mound with 35 strikeouts and Dominic Niman is 5-2 on the season and has fanned 36 batters.

17.UC Irvine – This the first West Coast team in the ranking as they are 22-3 and 8-1 in conference games. They swept Hawaii in Oahu and now face another ranked team next weekend with a series at home with UC Santa Barbara.

18.LSU – What a huge drop for the reigning national champions. They are 20-9 and a disappointing 2-7 in conference play. They were swept by the top team in the Arkansas Razorbacks and now host Vanderbilt for three. A top ten pick in the draft, Tommy White leads the team with a .319 average and nine home runs.

19.NC State– They are 18-7 along with a 8-4 conference record. They had a fie game losing streak at one time.Now they face East Carolina on Tuesday and then have a series in Kentucky facing Louisville.

20.Wake Forest – The one time number one team in the nation has fallen on hard times. The Deacons are 17-10 overall and sport a 4-8 record in conference play. North Carolina swept them this past weekend and now they wait for a weekend series facing Virginia Tech.Their two aces on the mound Chase Burns is 5-0 on the year while Josh Hartle is 4-1 so far. The rest of the staff has been somewhat dismal. Prospect Nick Kurtz is down to hitting .236 this year.

21.Coastal Carolina – The Chanticleers are 20-7 overall on the season and 5-4 in conference play. They won 2 of 3 from ULM this weekend and now wait for the Old Dominion series next weekend but then travel to David F Couch Ballpark for a huge series with Wake Forest. They are led by Sam Antonacchi with a .374 batting average with Derek Bender and Jake Books each at .370 for the team. Oliver Ellison lead the hurler with a 3-0 record.

22.South Carolina– The Gamecocks have some good wins for a team at #22. They have 21 wins and 7 losses this year . They lost 2 or 3 from Alabama this past weekend and now entertain a tough Texas A&M team at home next weekend.

23.Mississippi State – They are 19-10 overall and 4-5 in conference play. They lost 2 of 3 with Florida over the Easter weekend and now they face Georgia over the weekend in Starkville.

24.UC Santa Barbara – They are 15-8 for the year and 4-2 in the conference. The Gauchos won 2 games from San Jose State and now wait for a big series against in-state UC Irvine.

25.Nebraska – The Huskers are 20-5 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten conference. They won two game over Northwestern and now face conference foe Ohio State at home in a three game series.