Baseball has undoubtedly become America’s game, but its origins date back to 18th-century England. In 2013, American researcher David Block uncovered a 1749 article in the Whitehall Evening Post that described a royal game of “bass-ball” featuring Frederick Lewis, the Prince of Wales and the son of King George II, at Ashley Park in Surrey. It is highly likely that this game was more similar to rounders or cricket than modern-day baseball. The earliest known mention of baseball in the United States is found in a 1791 ordinance in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, that prohibited the game from being played within 80 yards (73 meters) of the town’s meeting house.
As American as apple pie?