Baseball has been the prominent sport in American culture since the
early 1800's. The Evolution of Baseball as a sport occurred through
three main stages. These three stages are the bat and ball game, club
based/ fraternal game, and finally the emergence into a commercial
The first stage of baseball was the bat and ball game,
initiated in the 1830's. While most sports during this time were for
the sole purpose of entertaining the wealthy, the commoners decided to
construct a sport to play in their spare time. With the growing support
of the bat and ball game, baseball fraternities were created. Baseball
fraternities were the outcome of voluntary association in an attempt to
make baseball a national sport.
In 1845, the movement was lead by
Alexander Cartwright who gathered New York area ball players
and formed a club called the New York Knickerbockers Base Ball Club.
The New York baseball fraternity was created for the sole purpose of an
athletic and social organization. The club elected officers, held
regular meetings, and made bylaws that involved uniforms and regular
The evolution of baseball is inseparable from the evolution of baseball equipment and the purpose of this website is to help define the different styles and eras of baseball equipment by allowing me to share my personal collection with you.