Bat-and-ball games

Discussion created by peuguenia on Apr 11, 2013


Baseball is a game that evolved from older bat-and-ball games. An early form of baseball was being played in England by the mid-eighteenth century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America where the modern
version was developed.  By the late nineteenth century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is now popular in North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and parts of East Asia.

What are other bat-and-ball games around the world? The list is not too long: lapta, oină, cricket, rounders, brännboll, and pesäpallo.

Lapta is a Russian bat-and-ball game, first known to be played in the 14th century. 

Oinăwas first mentioned in 1364, when it spread all across Romania and Moldova.

Cricketwas first played in southern England in the 16th century. The game is most popular in Australasia, England, the Indian subcontinent, the West Indies and Southern Africa.

Rounders is an Irish game that has been played in England since Tudor times, with the earliest reference being in 1744.

Brännbollis played throughout Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, mostly on fields and in public parks, but it is also part of the PE curriculum in some areas.

Pesäpallo is a fast-moving bat-and-ball sport that is quite often referred to as the national sport of Finland and has some presence in other countries, such as Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and Northern Ontario in Canada. The game was first developed in the 1920s.