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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

Status:

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

Submitted by: Larry McCray July 2018

Most Wanted: Support Host Chapters of SABR Conventions in Documenting Local Base Ball Origins

The issue:

To support the presentation of local origins of base ball in cities that will host Annual SABR Conventions, it may be useful to support local chapter members on available data on earliest base ball -- and local predecessor games -- for summary in Convention handouts, possibly including a article in the National Pastime. 

Protoball Sub-area: PrePro Data Base, Chronlogies

Status:

Scale of Effort: Variable, depending on local chapter interest in local origins

Submitted by: PBall Functionary August 2018

Most Wanted: Adding Links to You-Tube-Style Clips on Baserunning Games

The issue:

We have identified nearly 150 baseball varients.  For many. YouTube clips show how such baserunning games are or were played.  Such clips often convey a sense of the game that words alone cannot describe.

Protoball Sub-area: Protoball's Glossary of Games

The search:

Add links to sources of such clips to Protoball's material on the listed game.

Status:

Scale of Effort: Variable; a volunteer could easiiy focus first on games of special current interest

Submitted by: PBall Functionary August 2018 Assigned to: Larry McCray has researched a few such links, But there's much more easy harvesting to do.

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