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This pastoral illustration from Charles Peverelly’s 1866 book The Book of American Pastimes shows baseball as it was played in the late 1850s and early 1860s. By that time, in comparison to the Carver illustration shown earlier, the game did not look much different than it does today, featuring a diamond, neatly drawn base paths, an area akin to an on-­‐ deck circle, a scorers table, fans leisurely viewing the game, and even a clubhouse in the background.

This pastoral illustration from Charles Peverelly’s 1866 book <i>The Book of American Pastimes</i> shows baseball as it was played in the late 1850s...

Why is baseball universally considered our National Pastime? Some say the game, at its apex, often achieves something lofty. However expressed, we all can agree that baseball, with its deep American roots, touches us all.

 

 

When a baseball player uses the main tool of his trade, the baseball bat, he is gripping the most important single weapon in his arsenal. Each is customized to a certain weight, length, and feel. This exhibit features the bats used by some of baseball’s greats during their professional career.