No, not talking asterisks here. I’m talking ’bout the earliest known reference to a game called “base ball”, found in England, of all places, in 1755. Big deal? I could care less where the game came from, personally, but it’s interesting for the sake of history, I guess.
Julian Pooley, the manager of the Surrey History Centre, said Thursday he has authenticated a reference to baseball in a diary by English lawyer William Bray dating back to 1755 — about 50 years before what was previously believed to have been the first known reference to what became the American pastime.
The entry reads:
“Easter Monday 31 March 1755
“Went to Stoke Ch. This morning. After Dinner Went to Miss Jeale’s to play at Base Ball with her, the 3 Miss Whiteheads, Miss Billinghurst, Miss Molly Flutter, Mr. Chandler, Mr. Ford & H. Parsons & Jelly. Drank Tea and stayed till 8.”
Playing baseball with 6 women? Could this “Base Ball” mean, I dunno, something else?