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Did baseball begin in 18th-century England?

London, England — An extract from an 18th-century diary containing the oldest known reference to baseball is among the items on display in a new exhibition in London exploring the English origins and cricketing connections of America’s national sport.

Cricket and baseball both evolved out of early 18th century English ball games. [MCC Museum]

Cricket and baseball both evolved out of early 18th century English ball games. [MCC Museum]

While baseball was once claimed to have been invented in the U.S. in the mid-19th century, recent findings suggest a sport of the same name may have evolved decades earlier alongside cricket, crossing the Atlantic with English settlers to the American colonies.

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