Stoolball has been played for over 500 years, and perhaps much longer. Baseball, and probably cricket too, developed from our ancient sport.
Stoolball has a long and fascinating history. Nobody knows for sure how and when it started. The earliest record in 1450 is to a game being played regularly, and it may already have been around for a long time.
These primary sources bring stoolball history to life, and they're great for school history projects. If you know of any old documents or photos of stoolball please let us know.
Baseball fans interested in the origins of their own sport have researched the history of stoolball. The results include the most detailed chronology we know of, and a documentary film produced by Major League Baseball.
Players from the West Kent Ladies Stoolball League in 1998 re-enacted the first match played between Kent and Sussex, which took place 200 years before.