The Early History of Baseball


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Marc Rovner, a title insurance attorney with more than 29 years of legal experience, oversees the entire legal department of BETA Abstract, LLC, as senior staff attorney and director of business development. An avid sports fan, Marc Rovner of East Rockaway, New York, enjoys playing baseball and has been part of a men’s baseball team since 1993.

Many historians agree the game of baseball evolved from rounders, a British game that involved two teams who ran safely to a base after hitting a ball with a bat. Early documentation of the game has been found during the late 1700s and early 1800s. During these early stages of the sport, small towns formed teams while large cities created baseball clubs.

Alexander Cartwright, the father of baseball, created the first official rules for the sport in 1845. These rules, written for Cartwright’s New York baseball club, the Knickerbockers, have largely remained the same over the years.

By 1846, the first recorded baseball game occurred. This game pitted the Knickerbockers against another New York baseball club. Although the Knickerbockers lost, this event began the growth of amateur baseball. Eventually, 25 amateur teams got together to discuss the rules of competitive games and they formed the National Association of Baseball Players, the first organized baseball league, in 1857.

Although the number of baseball clubs dropped during the Civil War, the sport remained a popular hobby among Union soldiers and rapidly picked up speed once the war was over. In 1868, more than 100 baseball clubs had been formed and started charging admission to their games on a regular basis.

In 1869, the first professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, was formed and paid players quickly became the norm within the sport.


The NHL Careers of Three Prominent Boston University Alumni

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Keith Tkachuk

The recipient of the 2004 Children’s Rights Council Man of the Year award, East Rockaway native Marc Rovner is an attorney with nearly 30 years of experience. When he isn’t working as an attorney, Marc Rovner enjoys following his favorite sports teams, including the Boston University (BU) Terriers men’s hockey team.

BU has produced dozens of players who have gone on to successful careers in the National Hockey League (NHL). Below are three of the most prominent.

1. Keith Tkachuk – The 19th overall selection in the 1990 NHL Draft, Tkachuk is the top-scoring BU alumnus with 1,065 points in 1,201 career NHL games. In his one season with BU in 1990-91, Tkachuk scored 17 goals and added 23 assists in 36 games.

2. Tony Amonte – A fourth-round pick in the 1988 NHL Draft, Amonte played with Tkachuk at BU in 1990-91 and recorded 68 points in 38 games. The following year, as a rookie in the NHL, he scored 35 goals for the New York Rangers. He retired following the 2006-07 season with 900 points in 1,174 career games.

3. Jack Eichel – Though he is much further back on the list of all-time top scorers at the NHL level from BU, Eichel has a chance to be at the top by the time he retires. The 20-year-old recorded 71 points in 40 games in his one season with BU, and has 113 points through his first two seasons in the NHL.

Rangers Draft Lias Andersson Seventh Overall

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Lias Andersson

The recipient of a bachelor’s in political science from Boston University, Marc Rovner also earned a juris doctor from the school and has since accumulated nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney. Though attorney Marc Rovner attended school in Boston, he is a native of East Rockaway, New York, who counts himself a passionate fan of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) New York Rangers.

The Rangers entered the 2017 NHL Draft with the 21st overall pick, but, seeking to shed salary and improve its prospect depth, New York dealt veterans Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the draft. Stepan played 515 games for the Rangers and recorded 360 points, while Raanta spent the past four seasons as a backup with the Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. DeAngelo, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old defenseman who appeared in 39 games for Arizona last season and recorded 14 points. He was drafted 19th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

With the seventh overall selection, the Rangers added standout Swedish center Lias Andersson. The 18-year-old spent the 2016-17 season with HV71 of the SHL, where he scored nine goals and added 10 assists in 42 games. He also scored three goals in seven games for Sweden at the World Junior Championships. He agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on July 13.