Inventor M. Doherty of Boston filed a patent to the US Patents office on this day in 1859 for improvements he had made to the cricket bat.
He claimed to have invented a lighter bat that would hit the ball further, and that would not be dented or bruised by the ball, and would not sting or jar the hands whilst playing a shot.
The specific mechanics included:
“Constructing the blade of the bat of a wooden shell with a filling of cork, or other elastic material…
Constructing the handle of the bat of a wooden tube with a central strip of whalebone, or` other elastic material of similar character, running down into the blade…”