Poca Post is pleased to announce a new issue commemorating the inventor of
Baseball: Abner Singleday.
1832 Abner Singleday traveled from the Poca River Valley to England where he
witnessed the game of Cricket. Upon
his return in 1834 to his hometown, Grimms Landing, he reconstructed the game
according to both faulty memory and innovative ideas.
The game was an immediate success, and the first team, the Poca Dots of
Grimms Landing was organized..
There quickly followed the formation of a number of more teams in the vicinity of the Poca River. Teams such as the Buffalo Chips, the Pliny Elders, the Marmet Mules, the Institute Toots, and the Ripley Splits soon formed.
the game field that Abner designed had, instead of the modern diamond, a
circle with the pitcher standing in the center and throwing to the home plate.
This design was inherently flawed since a circle has no points of
unusual significance. As a
result, the players on the field would often and surreptitiously move their
bases as the play suited them. This
resulted in many arguments and fights over the placement of the bases during
any given play. The effect was that no game was ever completed on Abner
Singleday's playing field.
was not until 1839 that someone in upstate New York changed the playing field
to a diamond shape, thereby ending the arguments over the placement of the
bases, thus allowing uninterruped play. Nevertheless,
Abner Singleday stands as the prime inventor of what became the national
issue is a plate of 20 stamps in the denomination of 95 pu. Date of issue: 4