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 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:
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?