Comparison of baseball and cricket

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Baseball pitcher throwing to a batter
Cricket bowler and batsman

Baseball and Cricket are two similar sports. They are both considered bat and ball games and are played by both men and women. But they also have many differences. They have different rules, terms and organization. Their histories are both similar yet different.

Common history?[change | change source]

Baseball is often thought to have descended from cricket.[1] They both can be traced back to England. They have common terms such as innings, umpires, runs and outs. So the connection seems very logical.[1] Even some baseball historians think cricket is the ancestor of baseball.[1] Both games do have a link, but it is not a parent-child link. It is more on the order of cousins.[1]

Both seem to have been brought to England by people from Flanders, but who settled in different parts of England. There each game developed separately.[1] Cricket came from the southeast of England while baseball was played in western England. Baseball started as a children's game while Cricket was more often played by adults.[1] Both games came to America with English immigrants. By the 1840s cricket had a following along the East Coast, particularly in Philadelphia and New York. About the same time Baseball began being organized into clubs. Up until the American Civil War cricket was more popular.[1] After that war baseball became widely popular. Cricket is still played in places like Philadelphia.

Similarities[change | change source]

Both are bat and ball games.[2] Both have batsman and bowlers, called batters and pitchers in baseball. Bowlers or pitchers throw the ball to the batsman or batter who hits the ball. Players in the field try to catch the ball.[2] Both games at times use two umpires.

Differences[change | change source]

The bat in cricket is flat while the bat in baseball is round.[3] Cricket has nine or ten players while baseball has eleven. Cricket players hold the bat down, baseball players hold the bat up. The playing fields are different sizes and shapes. The balls, while similar in construction, are slightly different in weight. The leather cover in baseball is white while cricket balls can have a red or white leather cover.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2006), pp. 143–45
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pauline Harris, Writing in the Primary School Years (South Melbourne, Vic.: Thomson, 2004), p. 140
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Baseball vs. Cricket". Diffen. Retrieved 20 December 2014.