That is pretty wild–baseball was a very different game. Those Knickerbocker rules were intriguing. I like rule 9 even if I don’t know exactly what it means:
“9TH. The ball must be pitched, not thrown, for the bat.”
I was back at the Yonkers library yesterday and looked through the Yonkers Statesman for 1869. I saw the below entry in the June 3rd edition:
“FORDHAM Base Ball – Today Thursday the Bashfords will visit this village, and play the St. John’s College Club. A very interesting game is expected.”
St. John’s College was the original name of Fordham University. I think the Bashfords were a Yonkers team. I wonder if the Fordham Rams are the oldest baseball team in The Bronx?