Interesting Fact # 894 - Baseball

Local historians in the UK have confirmed evidence that baseball was played in Surrey more than 20 years before American independence.

(The reference is from a diary from 1755 that documents a game being played in Guildford. A later historical reference to the game being played in England appears in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, written between 1797 and 1798. Maybe I should add it to the Sports section then.)