Letter: Origins of baseball lie in the 'Old Country'

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Sir: Peter Pringle ('Well, it's just not cricket', 18 April) believes that Americans 'don't play cricket because they couldn't bring themselves to adopt a game played by their former colonisers'. Yet, in the opening of his historical essay on 'The Development of Baseball', Joseph L. Reichler, the editor of The Baseball Encyclopedia (Macmillan, 1988), states: 'It was in America that the English game of 'rounders' finally evolved into baseball'. It has clearly come a long way since.

Yours sincerely,