On the Origins of Sports

By Mark Newman / MLB.com

belsky-originsMany tomes have been written about the origins of baseball, from apocryphal tales to the thorough research of scholars. Now, as another season dawns, a fresh perspective arrives with the new book “On the Origins of Sports” (Artisan Books), delving into the startup history and earliest rules of 21 sports you know and mostly love.

“The more we know about the origins of the games that obsess us, the more we enjoy them,” write the authors, Gary Belsky and Neil Fine, who begin aptly with baseball as chapter one and sprinkle further references throughout the book. For those of us who truly obsess over these matters, here are 10 fun facts you can learn:

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