Palant

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Game Palant
Game Family Baseball Baseball
Location Poland
Regions Europe, US
Eras 1800s, Pre-1700, Post-1900, Predecessor
Description

A Polish game. Chetwynd (2008) notes that Palant, similar to baseball, had a long history. “Poland had played its own traditional bat-and-ball game - particularly in the areas of Upper Silesia and the Opole District - dating back centuries and, by the 1920s, the game of Palant had a popular following.”

A Polish website describes Palant as using a rectangular field of about 25 yards by 50 yards, being governed by a clock, and having a provision by which, if a runner is hit, his teammates can enter play and retain their ups by plugging a member of the fielding team. David Block identifies Palant [Pilka Palantowa] as the Silesian game played in Jamestown VA in 1609 by a small group of Polish craftsmen.

Polish play is now reportedly resticted to rural areas.

 

Sources

Josh Chetwynd, Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History (McFarland, 2008). page 219.

http://www.grabow.com.pl/regulamin-gry-w-palanta

http://www.ghs-mh.de/traditions/topics/health/sports_pl.htm

D. Block, Base Ball Before We Knew It (UNebraska Press, 2005), page 101.  Protoball entry 1609.1 summarizes the Jamestown account.



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