Evolution Of Baseball Bats

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Today Baseball is considered America's national pastime. American's began playing baseball on informal teams in the early 1800's. At this time they had only local rules that differed from place to place. Also, at this time there were no official baseball bats for the players to use. Many used sticks as bats. That is where stick ball came from which is still played today. Baseball was based on the English game of rounders. Alexander Joy Cartwright of New York invented the modern baseball field in 1845. Also in 1845 Cartwright published the first set of baseball rules which were widely adopted(http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blbaseball.htm). In the early days of the sport, baseball bats came in all shapes and sizes. In the 1850's, baseball was an extremely young sport and batters made their own bats and experimented with bats of all varieties (long, short, flat, and heavy).
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