Among the earliest examples to receive a detailed description—albeit five decades after the fact, in a letter from an attendee to Sporting Life magazine—took place in Beachville, Ontario, in 1838.There were many similarities to modern baseball, and some crucial differences: five bases (or byes); first bye just 18 feet (5.5 m) from the home bye; batter out if a hit ball was caught after the first bounce.
Baseball is currently popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and East Asia, particularly in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
One turn batting for both teams, beginning with the visiting team, constitutes an inning.
A game is composed of nine innings, and the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins.
It contains a rhymed description of "base-ball" and a woodcut that shows a field set-up somewhat similar to the modern game—though in a triangular rather than diamond configuration, and with posts instead of ground-level bases.
This early form of the game was apparently brought to Canada by English immigrants.
By 1796, a version of the game was well-known enough to earn a mention in a German scholar's book on popular pastimes.