Long Town

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Game Long Town
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Regions US
Eras 1800s, Post-1900, Predecessor
Description

Curtis (1914) mentions Long Town as an alternative name for Long Ball. We have several references to Long Town Ball, most in the South and mid-West states, none north of a line between New York and Chicago. Most describe no rules of the game. One account in Lehigh County PA (about 50 miles NE of Philadelphia) recalls the game as played in the 1850s as having two bases about 25 paces apart, plugging, a fly rule, and as allowing multiple runners on the (non-batting) base.

Sources

F. G. Cassidy et al., Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard University Press, 1996), page 62.

Curtis, Henry S. Play and Recreation for the Open Country (Ginn, 1914).



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