Hornebillets

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Game Hornebillets
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Regions Britain
Eras Predecessor, Pre-1700
Invented No
Description

Only known from Francis Willughby’s 17th century Book of Games, hornebillets is played with a cat (fashioned from animal horn), which is thrown toward holes defended by players with dog-sticks. When they hit the cat, batters run to the next hole, placing the stick in the hole before the cat can be retrieved and be put into the hole. The number of holes depends on the number of players on each team.

Sources

David Cram, et al., editors, Francis Willughby’s Book of Games (Ashgate, 2003), page 182.

Comment

For more on Willughby's ca 1672 manuscript, see http://protoball.org/1672c.2 



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