Who made the first rule in baseball?

One of them, volunteer firefighter and bank employee Alexander Joy Cartwright, would codify a new set of rules that would form the basis of modern baseball, requiring a diamond-shaped infield, foul lines and the three-stroke rule. Something similar to what baseball would become dates back to 19th century New York, when groups of men began drafting their own rules. Thus began a reform campaign that garnered the support of the press, but which failed, time and again, in the conventions on the regulations of the Association. An important rule, rule 13, stated that a player could not be sent off because he was hit by a thrown ball.

Henderson, of the New York Public Library, drew the public's attention to this reference by Austen to baseball, and to an even earlier xylography of the game, in John Newbery's A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (174), few Americans knew that English boys and girls had played a game called baseball, regardless of its rules. After the rise of the game in New York, the binding rule was used for the wicket in Rochester, the city hall in Ohio and the Philadelphia Town Ball. In 1796, the rules of this English game were sufficiently established to merit a mention in the German Johann Gutsmuths book on popular pastimes. But was the compulsory rule also part of the first safe haven ball games? A baseball pioneer certainly thought so.

In June 1846, the Knickerbockers played against the New York Nine (probably the same New York Ball Club) in the first baseball game played between clubs according to codified rules. Finally, in December 1864, the fly rule for fair hits was approved, as a one-year experiment for 1865 that was maintained. The very early forms of college football in the United States, and rugby soccer rules in England, also included rules that specified what a player could and could not do when catching a ball on the field. However, it should be noted that the Knickerbocker Rules did not cover a number of basic elements of the game.

In 1828, William Clarke published in London the second edition of The Boy's Own Book, which included the rules of the rounders (in fact, the first known use of that name) and the first printed description in English of a grassroots racing game with bat and ball played with a diamond. Play classic baseball according to the rules of 1845, 1858 or later (up to about 188), usually in old uniforms. Wheaton, a founding member of the Gotham Baseball Club in 1837 and first vice-president of the Knickerbocker Club and co-author of its rules, eight years later. The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York takes credit for the first real effort, with a group of men from the rules committee who outlined a 20-rule parameter, called the Knickerbocker Rules, which established the fault lines, the rhythms between the bases, the three-out limit and (undoubtedly, with a safety mentality first) eliminated the dodgeball-style rule of that to get a runner out you could hit a thrown ball with him.

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