there’s a connection.
The History Rat has a great post about the spread of baseball during the Civil War. Here’s a quote from author Michael Aubrecht:
Although early forms of baseball had already become High Society’s pastime years before the first shots of the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, it was the mass participation of everyday soldiers that helped spread the game’s popularity across the nation. During the War Between the States, countless baseball games, originally known as “townball”, were organized in Army Camps and prisons on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. Very little documentation exists on these games and most information has been derived from letters written by both officers and enlisted men to their families on the home front.
Townball? and that is only one of the many names the game has been given since the beginning.
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