I’d say it’s starting in the latter 19th century
when games become a little bit more formal
rather than just pasture games, but when they’re
actually rivalries between towns, small towns.
But really the gambling is embedded in what
farmers do anyways. For farmers, farming everyday
is a gamble. You gamble every year on the
weather, you gamble on how good of a crop
you’re going to have. You gamble on when is
the best time to sell your crop.
So gambling in the game is simply and extension
of that and they gambled on everything, not
just who wins the game. You could gamble on
whether on the next pitch is going to be a
strike or not, whether the out fielder is
going to catch the ball, they gambled on everything.