"Batting 9th and playing catcher for Toledo, Fleetwood Walker"The Cincinnati Enquirer - Cincinnati, Ohio - Fri, Sep 5, 1884 - Page 2
"Six York country boys...were arrested for playing baseball on Sunday...an effort will be made to put a quitus on the sport."Omaha Bee - Aug 21, 1906
Yes, not too long ago one could actually get arrested for playing a leisurely baseball on a Sunday. Due to blue laws, it was considered offensive to work on Sunday, which was expected to be a day of worship and rest. In 1794, the Pennsylvania Assembly restricted activities on Sunday by passing what they called "an Act for the prevention of vice and immorality, and of unlawful gaming, and to restrain disorderly sports and dissipation".
Sunday baseball games were legalized in 1902 in Chicago, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. In 1917, the New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds played the first Sunday game ever at the Polo Grounds, New York's home field. However, after the game both managers, John McGraw and Christy Mathewson, were arrested for violating the blue laws ,
It wasn't until 1918 that it was legal for a professional game to be played on a Sunday in Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Detroit. The following year, New York legalized baseball games on Sunday, and baseball teams that played in New York (the New York Giants, the New York Yankees, and the Brooklyn Dodgers) were allowed to have home games on Sunday.