Bace

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Game Bace
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Regions Britain, US
Eras Predecessor, 1800s
Invented No
Description

In 1805 a game of “bace” was reportedly played among adult males in New York City. Its rules were not reported. The word “bace” is extremely rare in sport: it appeared in a 1377 English document, and, in a list of obsolete Cornish terms, for the game Prisoner’s Base in Cornwall in 1882. Unlike the usual case for prisoner’s base, however, a final score [41-35] was reported for this match.

"Bace" is also reported as an obolete term for a British game, the nature of which is not yet known.  

Sources

See Protoball Chronology entries 1805.4 and 1805.5.  The game was reported in the New York Evening Post of April 13, 1805.

Comment

As of June 2019, Protoball has only 3 references to “base,” one in the 1300s and two in 1805.



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