Baseball is a game that evolved from older bat-and-ball games. An early form of baseball was being played in England by the mid-eighteenth century. This game was brought by immigrants to North America where the modern version was developed. By the late nineteenth century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is now popular in North America, parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean, and parts of East Asia.
What are other bat-and-ball games around the world? The list is not too long: lapta, oină, cricket, rounders, brännboll, and pesäpallo.
Lapta is a Russian bat-and-ball game, first known to be played in the 14th century.
Oinăwas first mentioned in 1364, when it spread all across Romania and Moldova.