History of the Game Series: “Base-Ball”
Time for another installment of our History of the Game series:
In 1744, the word “Base-Ball” first appeared in print!
For those unaccustomed to Early Modern English spellings (the “ſ” above is an archaic form of the lower case letter “s”), here’s the verse modernized:
The Ball once struck off,
Away flies the Boy
To the next destined Post,
And then Home with Joy.
Thus Britons for Lucre (Money)
Fly over the Main (are focused); But, with Pleasure transported,
Return back again (to their youth playing baseball)
Thus, it’s a verse about the beauty of baseball/softball to transport us away from our daily concerns and remember both childhood and all of the human greatness that has been found on the diamond.