Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Conspiracy theories and predicting the future

It seems that Jane Austen was not only a world-class writer, but she was able to predict the future as well. According to a new book, "Can We Have Our Balls Back", by Julian Norridge, Jane wrote about baseball over 40 years before it was officially invented. I didn't know anyone still believed in the Abner Doubleday myth, but I guess if it proves a point, so be it.

One of her books contains the passage:

"It was not very wonderful that Catherine, who had nothing heroic about her, should prefer cricket, base-ball, riding on horseback, and running about the country at the age of fourteen, to books."
He also refers to an German book which:

devoted seven pages to the rules of "Englischer Baseball",
According to Mr Norridge,:

"There's no doubt it was being played in Britain in the late 18th century, and equally no doubt that it travelled to America."

the name base-ball or Base Ball was common across much of southern England, while it might have been called different names elsewhere.
And where is the conspiracy theory and why is America considered the home of baseball? Because:

its British roots were ignored by Victorian-era sports tycoon Albert Spalding, who was determined to prove its American heritage.

Mr Norridge said: "He got fed up with the first really well known baseball journalist, a British-born chap called Henry Chadwick, who kept saying the game was based on rounders.
So it seems there is definitive proof that baseball was invented in England. So? Who cares? Just like dentistry, the English didn't do anything with it and we perfected it. So if they want to claim they invented it, let them. When they can beat us in a series using the best players both countries can offer, then they can brag all they want.

Until then, they should really quit all the anti-American baseball bashing, just claim the game without all the drama, and get over it.


Frankie Boothby said...

Who cares that Baseball was invented in England? Baseball Historians. Me. No need to get so defensive.

Ron Rollins said...

Okay, good point on the historian part. I agree with you there. But you don't have to listen to this everyday. In England, its not about the fact that baseball might have been invented here. I personally don't care.

Its an opportunity to bash on Americns, America, and anything we do. Books like this are disguised as a baseball history, but they are really just a way to put us down while recapturing some of thier lost glory.

Ron Rollins said...

Re: the last line of the post.

Ron Rollins said...

Okay, looked up your blog and see you're from here. No offense, but I stand by my statements. As I have to deal with. Anything you have on the history of baseball over here, I would be interested in. Can you recommend any good books?