Thursday, April 28, 2011
After looking at the history of early ball playing in pioneer Illinois, I was thinking that early forms of base ball arrived in that area first and then spread to Missouri. Generally speaking, Illinois was settled prior to Missouri and a culture of ball playing came with the earliest pioneers. I figured, through economic and cultural exchange, the early ball games were exported from Illinois to Missouri and Iowa. Now, after looking closer at the pioneer history of Missouri, I no longer believe that to be true.