Chronology:Trap Ball

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1853.3 B is [Still] For Bat and Ball

Game:

Trap Ball

Age of Players:

Juvenile

Under an illustration of trap-ball play, we find in an 1853 children's book: "My name is B, at your beck and call,/ B stands for battledore, bat, and ball;/ From the trap with your bat, the Tennis ball knock,/ With your battledore spin up the light shuttlecock."

Sources:

The Illuminated A, B, C (New York, T. W. Strong, 1853), per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 215.

Comment:

The use of a tennis ball in a description of a batting game is unusual. 

In 1853, the modern game of lawn tennis had not been invented, and most tennis was played for centuries [as players of "Real Tennis" now do] on indoor, walled courts with hard balls that strongly resemble modern baseballs. It is not clear that the old form of tennis was played in the US in the 1850s.

Query:

Could this be an American printing of an English volume?

Year
1853
Item
1853.3
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1859.16 Boy's Own Toy-Maker Covers Tip-cat and Trap-ball

Location:

England

Game:

Old-Cat Games, Trap Ball

Age of Players:

Juvenile

The Boy's Own Toy-Maker [London, Griffith and Farran]. This book has information on making toys and sporting equipment. It spends two pages on tip-cat and three on "trap, bat, and ball." An American edition [Boston, Shepard, Clark and Brown] also appeared in 1859.

Sources:

David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 220. 

Year
1859
Item
1859.16
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