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'A Pretty Little Pocket-Book, intended for the Amusement of Little Master Tommy, and Pretty Miss Polly. . . .' 1760.
An early baseball player from A Pretty Little Pocket-Book, published in 1760

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How Baseball Began
No one is exactly sure how baseball began, but it seems to have its roots in the English game called "rounders" or "four-old-cat." This picture was published in a children's magazine with the title "Base-ball" in 1760 and shows players standing at bases; one holding a ball. Rounders had many of the same features as baseball has today. The one major difference was that in rounders the fielder put the batter out by hitting him with the ball. Why do you think they changed that feature of the game?
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