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'Who thunk it?' baseball facts

Today's fads like fantasy baseball actually started in the 1800s. But like other baseball inventions, writes Jim Baker, America just wasn't quite ready for it yet.

Updated: June 2, 2006, 12:11 PM ET
By Jim Baker | Special to Page 2

Sometimes, a forward thinker comes up with an idea before there is a practical use for it. History is littered with such examples, most notably the fax machine, a device that was invented in the 1840s, decades before the pace of commerce demanded the instantaneous transfer of documents. Baseball, too, has seen its share of ideas whose time was not quite right. Today we will take a look at innovations whose introductions predated their usefulness or acceptance by many years.

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