Just because: The Knickerbockers and Excelsiors in 1858

Let's take a quick trip back to baseball's "primordial soup" days with a photographic glimpse of the New York Knickerbockers and Brooklyn Excelsiors from way back yonder in eighteen hundred and fifty-eight (image courtesy of the New York Public Library's digital collection) ...

A very long time ago, is what that was.

The Knickerbockers and Excelsiors were two of baseball's (or, um, base ball's) seminal and pioneering clubs, the notable members of which were central to the evolution of the game that, to this day, gives us cause to wake up in the morning. Unless those Knickerbockers and Excelsiors were uniformly lofty in stature, I'm operating on the assumption that Abe Lincoln is not pictured above center.

Anyhow, for more on this period read the priceless Baseball in the Garden of Eden by John Thorn.

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. A member of the BBWAA, He's the author of three books, the most recent being... Full Bio

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