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Philadelphia Book: "Bat and Ball is an Inferior Kind of Cricket"

Salience Noteworthy
City/State/Country: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Game Cricket, Bat and Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary
Age of Players Juvenile, Youth

CRICKET.  This play requires more strength than some boys possess. . . it must therefore be left to more robust lads, who are fitter. . . . Bat and ball in an inferior kind of cricket, and more suitable for little children . . . if they will be careful not to break windows."


Youthful Sports (Jacob Johnson, Philadelphia, 1802), pp 47-48, per  Thomas L. Altherr, “A Place Leavel Enough to Play Ball: Baseball and Baseball-Type Games in the Colonial Era, Revolutionary War, and Early American Republic.." Nine, Volume 8, number 2 (2000)\, p. 15-49.  Reprinted in David Block, Baseball before We Knew It – see page 243.



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