American baseball originated around the 1830s, with the first newspaper account of a baseball game published on Sept. 11, 1845. Drinkwater has been studying old newspaper clippings and historical records for years in order to understand exactly how early versions of the game were played. He found that there were two main sets of rules, and there’s a hot debate within the vintage world over which is better. In 1860s games, pitching was underhand and there were no gloves. In 1880s games, pitchers threw overhand and players wore mitts the size of gardening gloves.
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