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Papers considered the 'Magna Carta' of baseball coming to Portland

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The documents, written by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams in 1856, includes rules such as 90 foot basepaths, nine men per side and nine innings for a game. (SCP Auctions) The documents, written by Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams in 1856, includes rules such as 90 foot basepaths, nine men per side and nine innings for a game. (SCP Auctions)

For the first time ever the documents known as baseball's Magna Carta are going to be on display, and they will be in Portland as part of an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society.

The papers from 1857 were titled "Laws of Base Ball" after a special meeting between New York baseball clubs 159 years ago, and recently sold at an auction for more than $3 million.

Local nonprofit "Friends of Baseball" is also contributing to the exhibit with some Oregon baseball history.

Portland-area little league players helped the group deliver the final home plate from PGE Park, where the Portland Beavers team played, to the historical society Friday.

“There's a great history of baseball in Portland, in Oregon and kids today are still playing it and enjoying it and learning how to be teammates and working together,” Friends of Baseball Executive Director Nova Newcomer said. “And baseball builds community, and that's what our organization tries to do and that’s why we wanted to be part of this exhibit."

The exhibit will run from July 1 until October 9. For more information, visit

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