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Game Canadian Game
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Location Canada
Regions Rest of World
Eras Predecessor, Post-1900
Invented No
Description

The New York Clipper reported two 1860 games in southernmost Ontario as "the Canadian game" between the Ingersoll and Woodstock clubs [add locations?].

The playing rules for this game are not given [is there anything beside the 11 player sides that signals that it's unusual?]. 

In May 2015, William Humber re-examined other accounts of Canadian ballplaying, and suggests/hypothesizes/concludes that seven playing conventions/rules/practices may have distinguished it from other North American predecessor games:

[1] Eleven players.

[2] All-out-side out innings.

[3] Two innings to be played.

(Note that these three rules are familiar cricket rules)

[4] Use of four bases, in addition to home base

[5] The plugging of baserunners when away from bases

[6] Throwing, not pitching to batsmen

[7] 40-foot bases [sic?], with first base [how?] close to home

In drawing up this list, Humber drew on the Clipper articles, recollections of Adam Ford that may have come from his own playing days from 1848 to 1855, and a Clipper account of a 1859 game played by [a London ONT club? Woodstock itself?  other?].

By [date/year], it appears that all ONT clubs had adopted the NY rules. 

 

 

 

 

Sources

William Humber, "Deconstructing Beachville," April 2015, [use PBall url?]; Ford site, three Clipper cites.

Comment

Protoball draft, 5/7/2015; to be reworked as needed.

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