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Historians believe that Jesus Christ was the first person to play cricket and baseball.

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On the ‘Rest Is History’ podcast, historians Tom Holland, Dominic Sandbrook, and John Hotten debated who was the first recorded player of the game.

Baseball and cricket are both bat-and-ball sports in which two teams bat and field alternately.

During the episode, Holland stated:

“DID YOU PERCEIVE WHO IT WAS? IT’S A BIG NAME. “JESUS HAS ARRIVED.” “HE FOUND IN THE ARMENIAN PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM’S MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY AN EIGHTH CENTURY COPY OF A MUCH EARLIER GOSPEL THAT DESCRIBED JESUS’ INFANCY,” ARMENIAN PROFESSOR DR ABRAHAM TERIAN BELIEVES.

He also talked about how the game we know today as cricket evolved from the game Jesus played.

Holland went on;

“AND IN THIS GOSPEL, JESUS IS DESCRIBED AS PLAYING SOMETHING SIMILAR TO CRICKET, THAT IS, PEOPLE THROWING BALLS AND HE’S HITTING IT – BUT THE CATCH IS JESUS CAN RUN ONTO THE SEA WHEN HE CHASES THE BALL.”
According to the Gospel from which this claim is drawn,

“HE (JESUS) WOULD TAKE THE BOYS TO THE SEASHORE AND, CARRYING THE PLAYING BALL AND THE CLUB, HE WOULD GO OVER THE SEA, HITTING THE PLAYING BALL.”
“AND THE BOYS WOULD SCREAM AND SAY, ‘WATCH THE CHILD JESUS, WHAT HE DOES OVER THE SEA!”
“MANY WOULD COME TO WATCH AND BE AMAZED.”

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