Baseball could have become the dominant global gameby Matthew Taylor / June 19, 2014 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2014 issue of Prospect Magazine
Aston Villa football team in the late 19th century.
On 26th October 1863, representatives of 12 clubs met at the Freemason’s Tavern in Great Queen Street, London, to discuss the creation of a common set of football rules. At the time, most teams played according to distinct rules, influenced by the games they had learnt at school and university. Some advocated a game where the ball could be carried and where “hacking” (kicking the shins) was permitted. Others preferred dribbling as the main method of propelling the ball.