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Larry's "Most Wanted No. 1 -- A Lingering Death for Old-Style Plugging?

The issue:

Protoball Chronology Item 1837.1 reports that William Wheaton said that the plugging of base-runners had been outlawed in the late 1830s in New York. However, Henry Chadwick (item 1850s.24)reported that, nearly two decades later, some base ball clubs in Greater New York still retained the practice.

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The search:

Do we have any other contemporary evidence that plugging was still found in base ball into the 1850s?

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Submitted by: Larry McCray February 2013

Most Wanted, October 2013 -- Berber Base Ball in the Stone Age?

The issue:

As recounted at http://protoball.org/-3000c.1, 66 years ago an Italian researcher reported that Berbers in Libya were playing a two-base safe-haven game with several base-ball-like rules. He suggested that the game had come to Africa centuries earlier. It’s time to poke a bit at that conjecture. Is this the only claim for a base ball predecessor game in Africa? If it were a common pastime, shouldn’t we now have many additional sightings by now? Can we at least locate someone who might do some web searches in Arabic? Can we rule out the possibility that later forms of base ball were taught to locals, say 70 or 100 years ago?

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Submitted by: Larry McCray October 2013

Most Wanted: The Origins of the Hungarian game of Longa Meta

The issue: We do not know if Hungarian game of "meta," a baserunning game, has been documented prior to 1945.

Protoball Sub-area: Glossary of Baserunning Games The search: Can someone do online and/or bibliographic searches in Hungarian and report findings in Protoball? Status: Unassigned This request is unassigned as of January 2018.

Scale of Effort: Micro-task

Submitted by: Larry McCray January 2018

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

The issue:

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

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 January 2018

Most Wanted: How Many of the 14 Knickerbocker Playing Rules Can be Traced Back to English Baserunning Games?

The issue:

While base ball has long been seen as an American game, many of the modern game's earliest rules are known in juvenile games in Britain.  Which of the Knickerbocker's initial 14 playing rules had precedents in prior English games?

Protoball Sub-area: Potential Protoball article on the influence of English base ba;; pm the American game

Status: Unassigned This request is unassigned as of January 2018.

Scale of Effort: Mini-task

Submitted by: Larry McCray January 2018

Most Wanted: Contribute by adding new data on early ballplaying in your area

The issue:

Protoball is undertaking to document the local origins of modern base ball -- and the baserunning games than may have preceded base ball -- throughout the US.  

Protoball Sub-area: Pro Pro database on early games, clubs, etc.

Status: On-going This request is ongoing: Protoball's Pre-Pro Data Base records known early games and clubs. But local sources may have more to add.

Scale of Effort: Continuous

Submitted by: Protoball Project January 2018

Most Wanted: Track Newly-Released Research Reports

The issue:

Add new research findings to appropriate parts of the Protoball site.

Protoball Sub-area: General Maintenance

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Scale of Effort: Variable; tasks can be broad or limited in topic or time range.

Submitted by: Larry McCray July 2018

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