1868 February

4th  Francis Sebring, the pitcher for the Empire Base Ball Club, applies for a patent on his Parlour Base-Ball game, a table top game that has been on the market for the past two years. It is a pinball type table-top game (as noted by John Thorn) that propels a coin instead of a ball. As Thorn and David Dyte note, the 1865-66 game reflects the positioning of the shortstop as an infielder rather than as a fourth outfielder.