Bowlywicket

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Game Bowlywicket
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Location Fall River, MA
Regions US
Eras Derivative, Post-1900
Invented No
Description

The game of bowlywicket, played at least as late as 1980, resembled a poor man's cricket, and used a broomhandle, three empty soda cans piled one-on-two, and a common "pinky" drugstore ball.  Batters defend the teetering cans, and run to a second base to score runs.

It has been played in the city of Fall River MA, often by immigrants from France and Brazil, and may have evolved from a game played by workers from English cities in the late 1800s.

 

Sources

Alan Powers, "Bowlywicket: The Provenance of a New England Street Game," Folklore (UK), volume 93 (1982), page 164.

Supplied by John Thorn, email of 5/10/2011.

Queries: Is this game played today?  Can we learn more about detailed rules?

 



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