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Union Prisoners at Salisbury, N.C., 1863.
Union prisoners at Salisbury, North Carolina play baseball in 1863

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How Baseball Began
When a group in New York City got together in 1845 to regulate the rules of baseball, they decided that to get a base runner out, an opposing player need only tag him with the ball instead of hitting him with it. From then on, baseball was played using a hard ball, and soon the game began to be played on a much larger scale. Baseball became an organized sport in the 1840s and 1850s. People even played it during the Civil War. In this print you can see Union soldiers playing a baseball game in a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp in North Carolina. Do you know where the first baseball teams were established?
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