Modern cricket is much older than modern baseball. People have been playing games with balls or bats or bases for millennia, probably, and playing games with two of those elements for centuries before the Knickerbockers, certainly.
Is baseball evolved from cricket?
Most cricketers have heard that baseball developed out of an early form of cricket (called “rounders”). But the full story is more complicated, and says a great deal about early cricket in America as well.