Because I can't leave well enough alone:
Al Spink, in The National Game, wrote that “(up) to that time (1860) indeed games were played on the prairie in North, South and
In But Didn’t We Have Fun?, Peter Morris speaks to the connection between the growth of the game and the availability of land upon which the game could be played. For the game to thrive, there had to be, obviously, land which could be used as a baseball field but also land that was accessible to both players and spectators. At the same time, the field could not be located in a downtown urban environment where flying baseballs and running athletes might do damage to windows, passer-bys, and the like.
An example of the nature of the area can be seen in the
The availability of open land just outside the city of