Within the next four to five years, the round bat became very popular.
All ball players were using a round wagon tongue bat and the only flat surface bat on any team was used strictly for bunting. As we arrive in the year 1852, there are still no restrictions on bats.
Townball was a game involving twenty to thirty boys in a field attempting to catch a ball hit by a tosser.
Although the type of wood used for bats and their shape were uniform, players could use any size bat they could adequately handle.
Knowing that bats with a larger barrel have a better hitting surface, players continued to have their bats made larger and of any length.
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.
With the 2 1/2 inch barrel rule, players began to have woodworkers reshape their bats.
For example, the taper of the handle was made larger for a better hitting surface.
In addition, the handle had a carved knob for better control.
Hillerich to the Rescue An important event happened in 1884, which is now frozen in history.
During this particular time in history, players experimented with different kinds of wood for their bats in order to improve their hitting ability.
They soon realized that wagon tongue wood was the best for making baseball bats.
The limitation specified that bats may be no larger than 2 1/2 inches in diameter and that they may be of any length.