tiaras and trianon salutes game 7!

I still subscribe to the theory that there are two, not four, seasons. There’s baseball season and the void, and I hope I never get over this childishness.” -George Will

Tonight is the final game of the World Series. It’s no secret that we tend to bend over backwards to find a way to talk sports around here. As a writer and a nostalgia junkie, naturally America’s pass time would be our favorite sport. What better excuse than one of the teams being the Royals? See, told you we can always make it work!

Recalling a post from June 2013 which was just an excuse to jeer at might-be-made-of-plastic pretty boy Cristiano Ronaldo, we featured the above video of Prince Harry throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium. *We were there at that game! Us and Mr. Blog Hostess!* He’s also played in the game in various fundraising charity events, like the one below.

Since HRH Harry is no stranger to the diamond, we deluded ourselves into thinking more footage of non-Kansas City royals at baseball games had to be out there. We were expecting maybe a young Prince Charles in his free-wheelin’ 70s days throwing out a pitch to skinny ball players outweighed by their moustaches. Instead we found this!

George V and Mary of Teck

The same monarchs who attended the Deli Durbar were in the stands at the Polo Grounds to watch the Giants host the White Sox. Pretty sweet that we worked both the Royals and the Giants into this post, huh? Making it work! Don’t you love all the hand-shaking? Though let’s face it, the real mind-blower is Mary of Teck sans joyeria. I mean, it’s a nice hat and all but if Queen Mary had only worn a tiara then maybe we’d ALL be wearing tiaras to the ballpark.

The Prince of Wales Invented Baseball

Indeed, it was the last thing we expected to read when we got up this morning but so is life when research is based on search engines and keywords, alas.  For the past five years, a new theory has been circulating that our baseball was actually pioneered in England independent from her similiar-sister sport cricket. An American baseball scholar unearthed a two-line newspaper blurb from 1749 reporting the following:

first written reference to the game of baseball

remember the letter S was written F back in King George II’s day.

It is the first written reference to baseball. What I love is how George II’s estranged son and Charles Sackville, future 2nd Duke of Dorset, played for “several hours,” inclement whether be dammed! The source on this information is the Daily Mail so our first impulse was immediate dismissal. The Brits can rip all over our version of spoken English ’til they’re blue in the face but take our national pass time? Watch this first. It stopped our fist from waving.

Okay, so there are SOME solid points made and it’s an American who is presenting the thesis but We can’t concede that it’s the first game of baseball ever simply because it was the first time the term in print. Firstly, the Prince of Wales and the Earl of Middlesex were  huge cricket fans both as a sponsors and as players. From 1733 until his death in 1751, the Prince played as a county cricketer for Surrey. He was also the first person to award a trophy as well as money for a win! Prince Frederick’s death at 44 resulting from a burst abscess in his lung is attributed to a blow in the chest from a cricket ball. (His son became King George III.) Frederick’s death set the sport back many years due to the loss of patronage. If the sports grew up unique from each other, how can the original Mr. Cricket have invented it?

prince of wales & 2nd duke of dorset

Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex & future 2nd Duke of Dorset, respectively. Do you believe these two dapper cricketers really invented baseball?

Call us a stickler for detail, but the newspaper also says the game went on for “several hours.” Mr. Blog Hostess is from Spain, we have friends from all over Europe and have heard time-out-of-mind that baseball is long or slow. Never once has cricket been lauded for being the more efficient of the two. Between the 3-hour average of an MLB game and the fortnight it takes to complete a cricket outing, hearing the word “several” definitely brings the wickets and bowlers to mind.
No mention is made of the skill or method the Prince and Earl used in what is now Ashley Park. This staggering lack of information would get any undergrad a D- on a term paper, but since we’re in this idiot-news age, this information becomes irrefutable. What specifically makes the game “bassball,” as it was spelled, rather than sons of fortune having a catch in the rain? Honestly, we can never know unless the Countess Middlesex’s diary is unearthed detailing the afternoon’s antics. We imagine it would read something like, “today my foolhardy husband and his tosser of a drinking mate the Prince of Wales ran about in a downpour for hours on end [insert vital details here] with a ball like a couple of six year-olds.”  
Finally there were only two men playing. Makes us think Freddie & Chuck were ad-libbing a stickball version of cricket. I dunno.  Maybe let’s say Frederick coined the term but that wasn’t the first game. A couple walking hand-in-hand does not a parade make.
Lest we forget one of the great Constants of the Universe. You know the one that postulates two guys plus anything remotely spherical or with airborne potential can and must result in friendly competition with a possible monetary wager variable.
what do you guys think? did the prince of wales invent baseball? ? Kansas City or San Francisco?

About ♔ la dauphiine ♔

Connecticut-based jewelry monger, history buff, Mets fan. On the hum-drum side, call me a lauded poet, novelist and ghost-writer. (That's right, I haunt prose.)
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4 Responses to tiaras and trianon salutes game 7!

  1. Angelyn says:

    I’m almost as astonished May wasn’t wearing a tiara as I am of this “Royal” history you’ve stumbled upon! That’s the Prince of Wales with them–in happier days before “that woman” came along.
    As to the origin of baseball–the scholar may be right. By the time of the Regency, bass-ball was for children while “grown up lads play cricket.” In Victorian times, a doctor lamented a patient’s fracture after he threw “in bass-ball parlance, what is known as an underhand ball…sent to the bat with great force.”
    KC for me–take me back to the 80s and the I70s series, if I can go back at all.

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    • Facinating! Was the whole concept the same? 4 balls, 3 strikes, base layout? That was what boggled my mind the most. Strangest for me? Hurling the ball into the dirt is considered more adult.
      Thank God I’ve got you to tell me who these people are in the media I unearth! I should cite you under sources!


  2. giants giants giants! even tiaras can’t sway my love away from the giants 😉

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