Many games preceded “America’s Pastime,” and many of them were British in origin- Rounders, the-as-confusing-to-the-Americans-as-baseball-is-to-the-British Cricket, the poorly-named Stool Ball, and others.
America’s wide open spaces demanded a more spacious game. Town Ball was one of those adaptations, and it brings to mind a more rural America, the kind of America that baseball prospered.
Nothing about baseball that we know now is new. It was all tried for the first time years ago. This site shall be an attempt to bring to light some of the stories of the things we take for granted, and making them seem shiny and new again. There is no limit to the stories told about Town Ball.