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Which game was invented first, cricket or baseball?

Question #42610. Asked by chinky1234.

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The 1839 date for the invention of baseball is much quoted but it wrong.

The first known reference to 'the children's game of baseball' was in 'A Little Pretty Pocket Book' in 1744 (18th century). It no doubt was played before this.

The first record of cricket dates back to the end of the 16th century. So it seems likely that cricket was invented first.

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica CD-ROM 98

Dec 23 2003, 3:11 AM
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