While the transition to wagon tongue wood was taking place, players also realized they could hit a ball much more solidly with a round bat.
While some players continued to make their own bats, others had their bats made by a wood maker.
Within the next four to five years, the round bat became very popular.
Woodworkers were also now aware that the best grain for baseball bats was found only in quality wood.
Approaching the Civil War years, 1861 to 1865, some players had a difficult time gripping the large bat handle.
Come travel with me many years back into history and let us study "The Evolution of the Baseball Bat".
I am sure that each of us at one time or another has had the urge to skip a stone across a lake or to pitch, catch, throw or bat some type of ball.
At this time, each player was responsible for selecting baseball bats for themselves, and there were no restrictions as to length, size or width.
Bill Deane, Senior Research Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York has on record a well documented account of a baseball game played on June 19,1846 at Elysian Field in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In order to avoid this problem, they wrapped cord or string around the handle. Other players recognized the benefits of the wrapping effect and the idea became very popular.
Before the year 1869, there were no existing limitations on the length of the baseball bat.
This game was the first played under the Alexander Cartwright rules, which included a 9 inning game, 9 players on each team and 3 outs per side.
However baseball players made their own bats and as a result, many different sizes and shapes were used.
Even though history is sketchy at this time, I believe that it is safe to say that from this idea came the modern day baseball bats that are used in every game to thrill fans all over the world.