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Long Poem Describes Stool-Ball in Some Detail; First Evidence of Use of a Bat?

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Females
City/State/Country: England
Game Stoolball

David Block calls this account "the most complete and detailed portrayal of the game to date." It provides the earliest reference to the use of a bat, describes a game that does not involve running after the young [female] players hit the ball, and includes a description of the field and the assembled audience. 

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The London Magazine, vol 2, December 1733 [London], page 637, per David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It, page 177-8.


Note: A bat had been described in Willughby's c.1672 account of hornebillets.  See 1672c.2.

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