Most Wanted: Was the 'Double Eight' Style of Base Ball Cover Invented in the United States?

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Title Was the 'Double Eight' Style of Base Ball Cover Invented in the United States?
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The now-familiar single-seam base ball covering appears to have been introduced to base ballin about 1876 [?]  Was it a new innovation, or had prior ballgames (real tennis, cricket, stoolball) already adopted the pattern in earlier days?

Protoball Sub-area Potential Protoball article on the evolution of the base ball
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Status dip-dive This subject will be explored as one element in a Protoball "dip-dive" project in 2018. Corky Gaskell has agreed to moderate this effort, and to post initial results on Protoball.
Scale of Effort Mini-task
Submitted by Corky Gaskell, Larry McCray
Submitted on 2018/01/01
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