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'Laws of Base Ball' documents on display at Oregon Historical Society

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For the first time, the first written rules of baseball are being shown to the public as part of an exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society.

The "Magna Carta of America's national pastime" were etched in ink by Daniel "Doc" Adams, the creator of modern day baseball, back in 1856. The documents cover how many players on the field, innings in a game, weight of the ball, and distance between bases. 

Twenty years ago, the "Laws of Base Ball" sold at auction for $10,000. Then just two months ago, they went for $3.3 million. 

"When people come here they realize they are seeing the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence of baseball, the founding documents of what is America's pastime," said Kerry Tymchuck, who is with the Oregon Historical Society. "It has been tremendously exciting to see people's reactions to a once in a lifetime opportunity, for the first time to see these documents shared with the public." 

Major League Baseball's official historian, John Thorn, will be speaking about the "Laws of Base Ball" on Aug. 2 at the First Congregational Church across the street from the Oregon Historical Society. 

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