Beadle’s Dime Base Ball Player & Henry Chadwick

In Beadle’s Dime Base Ball Player (1861) it is stated that, ‘in order to obtain an accurate estimate of a player’s skill, an analysis, both of his play at the bat and in the field, should be made, inclusive of the way in which he was put out’.

Further to this, it was emphasised that all clubs must score in, ‘a uniform manner’ and to assist this, the writer even presented a scoring template (notation system) that would ensure consistency in recording games.

The author of this piece, and ‘inventor’ of the baseball notation system, was newspaper reporter, Henry Chadwick.