The Knickerbocker Rules are a set of baseball rules formalized by William R. Wheaton and William H. Tucker of the Knickerbocker Baseball Club in 1845. Although previously considered to be the basis for the rules of the modern game, that theory has since been debunked. The Knickerbocker Rules are based on the "New York style" of baseball, as opposed to other variants such as the "Massachusetts Game."
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner was nicknamed "The Flying Dutchman" due to his superb speed and German heritage. He won eight batting titles, tied for the most in National League history with Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging six times, and in stolen bases five times.