The Little Falls Historical Society Museum

Early Base Ball in Little Falls and the Little Falls Baseball Association

By David Krutz

The origin of the sport of base ball has never been determined – the myth that Cooperstown’s Abner Doubleday was the father of the game has long ago been debunked.  It may have evolved from an English game called rounders, or from a game called “town ball.”   No matter, for base ball did evolve and just prior to the Civil War the rules of the game were standardized and base ball fever swept across America, earning the sport the sobriquet, the “National Game.”